CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – LeBron James will not ‘stick to sports.’
Not in today’s political climate.
James has joined a growing list of athletes and coaches in criticizing president Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, James spoke out against Trump’s executive action.
“I am not in favor of this policy or any policy that divides and excludes people,” James told the publication. “I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about. And we should continue to speak out about it.”
The order, signed on Jan. 29 barring immigrants from 7 predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days under the guise of protecting the United States from potential terror attacks, has sparked protests around the country and launched a legal battle within the courts as to whether or not the president overreached.
“Diversity is what makes this country so great,” James said in the interview which will appear in the Feb. 17 issue of the magazine. “We should all continue to speak up and fight for ideas that bring people together regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or any other differences.”
James, who has not been afraid to speak out on social issues in recent years, was this year’s recipient of the NAACP’s Jackie Robinson Award for his philanthropic efforts, including through his foundation – the LeBron James Family Foundation.
“It’s important that we as athletes continue to use the platform we have to speak up for what we believe in,” James said.
James isn’t the first big name from the NBA to criticize the president.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy have all blasted president Trump’s social policies and rhetoric on numerous occasions since he took office on Jan. 20.
Prior to the election James endorsed and appeared at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton on the campus of Cleveland State University.
James, a 3-time NBA champion, was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.