LeBron James is the latest big-name celebrity to speak out openly about free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar believes that the NFL is giving Kaepernick the cold shoulder and noted that lesser talented players have been getting looks over him.
“I love football, but I’m not part of the NFL,” James told ESPN following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ practice Sunday. “I don’t represent the NFL. I don’t know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing. I do know that. Just watching, he’s an NFL player. He’s an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he’s been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that.”
“The only reason I could say he’s not on a team is because the way he took a knee,” James said. “That’s the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks — first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks — that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let’s just be honest.”
The outlet adds the James also spoke glowingly of Jay-Z after he and members of the team attended the 4:44 tour stop in Detroit over the weekend. James said of Hov’s “The Story of O.J.” that the song should “resonate” with every Black person who hears it and added that he sees the Brooklyn mogul is an inspiration.