LeBron, Melo, CP3, and Wade open ESPYs with call for political action
The most recent wave of race-related shootings in the United States — chiefly the police killing of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, the police killing of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and the shooting deaths of five police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas last week — have inspired several recent cases of increased political consciousness for black athletes. Members of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx have made the most controversial statement so far in donning Black Lives Matter t-shirts that caused four off-duty police officers to walk off the job at Target Center during one of the team’s games, but many other athletes have at least weighed public statements on continued violence and the diminishment of black lives in American culture. We’re sorry. You don't have permission to access this page. Please sign up to have full access to this page.