*LeBron James is speaking out again and this time King James is putting the NFL and its owners on blast by comparing it to the NBA.
The way James sees it, the big difference between the two leagues – who are both dominated by black players, by the way – is the level of respect shown to the players.
The LA Lakes star made his views known via his HBO show “The Shop.” James, who has been extremely vocal about race relations recently, had this to say about the NFL’s owners:
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.”
While speaking on the issue, James had an audience that included LA Rams/NFL star running back Todd Gurley, actor/rapper/businessman/activist Ice Cube and his friend business partner, Maverick Carter. James then made it clear that he’s grateful that the NBA is the league that accords players the level of freedom NBA players are allowed to express themselves and voice their concerns.
“I’m so appreciative in our league for our commissioner,” LeBron went on. “He doesn’t mind us having…a real feeling and to be able to express it. It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out. As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely Ok with it.”
You don’t have to strain your brain to find examples of what James is referring to when it comes to the NBA letting players express themselves. Remember when LeBron and his then Miami Heat teammates wore hoodies to honor Trayvon Martin. They also showcased ‘I Can’t Breathe’ warm-up shirts in honor of Eric Garner. Then there was James, along with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade … speaking out against police brutality at the ESPYS.
One more thing. There’s also a certain reality that James touched on. It’s a subject that the NBA has seemingly realized while the NFL fights to keep it from becoming a reality:
“Players are who make the ship go,” James said. “Without Todd Gurley, without Odell Beckham Jr…there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA.”
Bottom line: LeBron realizes the power and platform that he and other players have, and, as you can see, he’s using it, mightily.
They don’t call him King James for nothing’