NBA superstar LeBron James takes another shot at US President Donald Trump


first_imgNBA star LeBron James took an opportunity once again to protest against United States President Donald Trump and batted for equality.American sportspersons since quite sometime now have been protesting against Trump through their actions across sports in the country.From kneeling during national anthem to linking arms, NFL players have been the most active protestors.LeBron James, upon his visit to Washington on Sunday, took another dig at Trump and continued to criticise the US President but this time did it without taking his name.During Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Washington Wizards in NBA, James appeared on the court wearing one white and one black shoe, both of which had the word ‘EQUALITY’ stitched on the behind in capital letters.After the game, which was played barely a mile from the White House, James spoke against Trump and his policies without mentioning his name even once.”Obviously, we know where we are right now and we know who’s at the helm here,” the four-times NBA most valuable player said.”Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, and as women, black or white or Hispanic.”James was backing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and ever since Trump took power, the NBA superstar has been his outspoken critic.In the 13 months since Trump’s election, James has constantly hit at Trump saying that the president does not understand that many children look to their leader for guidance and encouragement.advertisementJames spoke on Sunday after compiling his third straight triple-double — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 106-99.”No matter your race, this is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” he said.It all started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirring a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” to protest against police violence against African-Americans.Kaepernick was not signed by an NFL team this season but several players have made similar gestures.Trump kicked off his battle with the largest-grossing US professional sports league at a rally in September, when he said any protesting player was a “son of a bitch” who should be “fired”. Those remarks touched off protests by dozens of NFL players, coaches and even some owners at games on Sunday, along with criticism from many corners of the sports world.In the beginning of October, more than 40 players, many of them on the 49ers, sat or knelt on one knee during renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the 15 National Football League games, compared with 180 players in all 16 games a week earlier.Some African-American players have adopted the practice of kneeling during the anthem to protest against police treatment of racial minorities.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img

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