NBA players are using the restart of the 2020 season to bring awareness to social inequality in the spirit of former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. According to The Sporting News, NBA superstar LeBron James said, “I hope we made Kap proud.”
The Los Angeles Lakers’ star player has been at the forefront of many social issues throughout his career in the NBA. However, he hopes that NBA players are making Kaepernick proud.
“I hope we made Kap proud,” James said. “I hope we continue to make Kap proud. Every single day I hope I make him proud on how I live my life, not only on the basketball floor, but off the floor. I want to always speak out against things that I feel like are unjust. I always want to be educated on things and go about it that way.
“Kap was someone who stood up when times weren’t comfortable, when people didn’t understand, people refused to listen to what he was saying. If you go back and go look at any of his postgame interviews when he was talking about why he was kneeling, it had absolutely nothing to do with the flag. It had absolutely nothing to do with the soldiers, the men and women that keep our land free. He explained that, and their ears were closed, people never listened, they refused to listen, but I did. A lot of people in the Black community did listen, and we just thank for him sacrificing everything that he did to put us in a position today, even years later, to be able to have that moment like we did tonight.”
“In the past when we’ve seen progress, we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit. We can’t do that.”
Bron addressed where he feels the country is at with fighting social injustice after the game.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020