In an era where athletes rarely speak out, other than a comment to the TMZ cameras, a group of NBA superstars used the ESPY’s, last night, as a platform to speak out about the recent police shootings involving Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade gave a moving statement about the recent controversial shootings and pledged to use their platform and influence to try to affect positive change. Wade called for people on all sides of the issue to take accountability.
“The racial profiling has to stop. The shoot to kill mentality has to stop. Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop. But also, the retaliation has to stop. The endless gun violence in the places like Chicago, Dallas, and not to mention Orlando, has to stop. Enough.”
The issue of police violence is an extremely polarizing issue, but it’s refreshing to see superstars using their platform to speak out on more than when their new sneaker comes out.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 14, 2016