LeBron James‘ level of “woke” isn’t to be questioned, and he’s been firm about using his platform and resources to speak on the hot-button issues of the day. Before Tuesday’s opening NBA season contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, James locked arms with his squad during the playing of the National Anthem and was seen sporting a pair of Nike sneakers emblazoned with the word “equality.”
James has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and spoke at length about his social activism at the Cavs’ media day.
“I will in my voice, I will in my passion, I will in my money, I will in my resources to my youth and my inner city and outside my inner city to let these kids know that there is hope, there is greater walks of life, and not one individual, no matter if it’s the president of the United States…can stop your dreams from becoming a reality,” James said.
During the national anthem before the game, all Cavaliers players stood while linking arms, while the Celtics players stood as normal.
The publication notes that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that standing for the playing of the National Anthem is a longstanding league rule.
The Cavs link arms during the national anthem before tonight's season opener vs. the Celtics pic.twitter.com/VY6wFzE4CP
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