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June 05, 2020

LeBron James Reacts to George Floyd Case with Old Photo Wearing 'I Can't Breath' Shirt

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Basketball star LeBron James has been one of the most vocal voices in the wake of the recent protests that have rocked the United States of America. 

The Los Angeles Lakers' power forward was one of the first names in the sports scene to demand justice. He's been using his platform for activism now, with one of his first posts being quite symbolic. 

Last week, LeBron shared a picture that showed him wearing a shirt with the words "I can't breathe" written on it. The words were reminiscent of one of the last words spoken by George Floyd, the Minnesota native whose death sparked the entire protest. 

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Since then, the Lakers star has been active on social media, speaking on issues like racism and police brutality. Yesterday, Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and a friend to Floyd, revealed in an interview that he had spoken to LeBron concerning the issue at hand. 

Stephen explained that he texted the Lakers star concerning one of his messages that LeBron had posted. On his reply, Stephen said:

"...I said, 'I appreciate you, bro, I won't let you down.' He texted me back, 'You haven't, and I won't either.' That was deep."

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Stephen, who played for several teams in the NBA, added that LeBron's activism was why he saw the star as the greatest athlete ever. 

As he explained, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player. However, issues like these transcend sports, and that is where LeBron has the edge over him.

George's death has sparked a wave of protests that have swept across the country.

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Of course, this isn't to say that Michael Jordan hasn't made comments on the issue either. Several names in the sports industry have commented in the past week, and Michael is one of them

Last weekend, the basketball legend posted a statement on his Twitter account where he condemned police recent actions and supported the protesters.

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As stated earlier, George's death has sparked a wave of protests that have swept across the country. Several states have felt the hurt and pain of millions of people who demand change. 

For now, there has been some progress. Derek Chauvin, the police officer whom Floyd died in his hands, has been taken into custody. Still, many have also criticized the third-degree murder charge as being insufficient. 

It's unclear how long these protests will last, although they've gone on for about a week now. The calls for change continue to grow louder.

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