Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James wondered what would happen if the mob of pro-Trump rioters that stormed the US Capitol were mostly black instead of mostly white. The mob was met by a relatively passive police force and a number of African-American athletes took to social media to point out that wouldn't be the case if the rioters were black.
"We live in two Americas," James said following the Lakers' 118-109 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, as revealed on ESPN. "And that was a prime example of that yesterday, and if you don't understand that or don't see that after seeing what you saw yesterday, then you really need to take a step back -- not even just one step, but maybe four or five, or even 10 steps backwards and ask yourself how do you want your kids, or how do you want your grandkids, or how do we want America to be viewed as? Do we want to live in this beautiful country?"
James absolutely believes there is double standard in US society
"If those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would have been the outcome? And I think we all know," James said.
"There's no ifs, ands or buts -- we already know what would've happened to my kind if anyone would have even got close to the Capitol, let alone storm inside the offices, inside the hallways." Meanwhile, Lakers co-star Anthony Davis also suggested the police treatment would have much different had the rioters been mostly black.
"It's like a double standard," said Davis, who wore a shirt featuring the title of Public Enemy's 1990 album "Fear of Black Planet" stitched on its chest. "On the other side, an entire group runs into the nation's Capitol and get escorted out the front door like everything is OK.
"And if I'm not mistaken -- well, I'm not mistaken -- they did take things, and when the Black Lives Matter [movement] protested it was, 'Once the looting starts, the shooting starts.' And to my knowledge, if you take something, you're looting.
And in that case, for them, they got escorted out the front door. And it's just a slap in the face to us. It feels like we're going backwards. We thought we were seeing change and then this happens." James scored a team-high 27 points in a loss to the Spurs, while Davis collected 23 points.