DENVER (AP) — LeBron James stuck his feet into the bucket filled with ice water as he talked about his role in social issues.
Right after scoring 34 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star was asked about his reaction to a grand jury declining to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun.
“For me, I’ve always been a guy who’s took pride in the knowledge of every situation I’ve ever spoke on,” James said. “To be completely honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue. So it’s hard for me to comment on it.”
There’s a movement on social media urging James’ involvement. The hashtag “NoJusticeNoLeBron” is picking up momentum, with activists asking James to miss games as a protest to the grand jury’s decision. James hasn’t heard much about it.
Tamir Rice was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun when Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the boy within two seconds of emerging from his police cruiser in November 2014. On Monday, prosecutors said a grand jury concluded that Loehmann reasonably believed that it was a real gun and that his life was in danger.
“I understand that any lives that’s lost, what we want more than anything, is prayer and the best for the family. For anyone,” James said. “But for me to comment on this situation, I don’t have enough knowledge about it.”
When James played in Miami, he led a protest by the Heat players, who wore hooded sweatshirts for a photo shoot to protest the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Last season, James wore an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt in New York after Eric Garner was killed while being arrested.
James knows his voice and status can help him have a positive impact.
“I’ve been very outspoken about what I believe in, what hits home for me,” James said. “There have been so many more issues going on that I haven’t spoken about.
“There’s been the San Bernardino massacres, been guys going to the movie theaters, shooting up movie theaters, there’s been other issues. I don’t have much knowledge so I don’t speak about it.”
James added that this issue is “bigger than LeBron. It’s bigger than me.
“It’s about everyone. Gun violence and tragedies and kids losing lives at a young age, some way, somehow, we have to understand that that matters more than just an individual.”
Celebrating Sports Sexiest Dads
1. A'mare Stoudemire has three kids - A'mare Jr., Assata and Are.Source:Instagram 1 of 29
2. Eddie George has two kids - Eriq and Jaire.Source:PR 2 of 29
3. Tiki Barber has two kids - Chason and Atiim.Source:AP 3 of 29
4. Grant Hill has two kids - Lael and Myla.Source:Instagram 4 of 29
5. Tyson Gay has one daughter - Trinity.Source:PR 5 of 29
6. Tyson Chandler has three kids - Tyson Jr., Sayge and Sascha.Source:PR 6 of 29
7. Victor Cruz has one daughter, Kennedy.Source:PR 7 of 29
8. Tom Brady has three kids - John, Vivian and BenjaminSource:PR 8 of 29
9. Deion Sanders has five kids - Deion Sanders Jr., Shilo, Shedeur, Shelomi, DeiondraSource:PR 9 of 29
10. Chris Paul has two kids - Chris Paul II and Carmyn.Source:AP 10 of 29
11. Braylon Edwards has two kids.Source:PR 11 of 29
12. Adrian Peterson has two kids, Adeja and TyreseSource:PR 12 of 29
13. Daniel 'Boobie' Gibson has one son, Daniel Gibson Jr.13 of 29
14. Ray Lewis has six kids, Ralin, Kaitlin, Diaymon, Rayshad, Rashaan, Ray Lewis IIISource:PR 14 of 29
15. Matt Barnes has two sons - Carter and Isaiah BarnesSource:Instagram 15 of 29
16. Dwyane Wade has two sons - Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade. (Photo: Twitter)16 of 29
17. Shannon Brown has two kids Shannon Jr. and Laiyah Brown (Photo: AP)17 of 29
18. Jason Taylor has three children - Isaiah, Mason and Zoey. (PR Photos)18 of 29
19. Reggie Bush has one daughter named Briseis with fiancee Lilit Avagyan.19 of 29
20. LeBron James has three kids LeBron James, Jr., Bryce Maximus James and Zuri James (PR Photos)20 of 29
21. Michael Vick has three children - Michael Dwayne, Jada and London. (PR Photos)21 of 29
22. Carmelo Anthony has a son with LaLa named Kiyan Carmelo Anthony. (PR Photos)22 of 29
23. Dwight Howard has a son named Braylon with former Basketball Wives Star Royce Reed. (PR Photos)23 of 29
24. Troy Polamalu has two sons, Paisios and Ephraim. (AP Photo)24 of 29
25. Chad Johnson who has five children - Jicyra, Chad Johnson II, Chade, Cha'iel and Kennedy. (PR Photos)25 of 29
26. David Beckham has four children - Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven. (PR Photos)26 of 29
27. Tiger Woods has two children - Sam Alexis Woods and Charlie Axel Woods. (PR Photos)27 of 29
28. Kobe Bryant has two daughters - Natalia Diamante and Gianna Maria-Onore. (PR Photos)28 of 29
29. Derrick Rose has one son named Derrick Rose Jr. (Photo: Twitter)29 of 29
(Photo Source: AP)