Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James says absolutely nobody deserves to die the way George Floyd died a few months ago after white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, could have been heard several times expressing his inability to breathe but ex officer Chauvin showed no remorse and continued kneeling on his neck.
An 8-minute 46-seconds long video of the Floyd murder went viral and the whole world had a chance to see the police brutality act displayed by ex officer Chauvin. "You think about eight minutes and 46 seconds, an officer having his knee on someone's throat for that long.
Video or no video, it doesn't matter," James said, as quoted on ESPN. "No one deserved to lose their life when it could have been prevented from what I've seen and from what the world has seen. So, that's what the T-shirt is all about: The world is watching.
Everyone knows the time. Everyone knows what's going on." Three-time NBA champion James was reminded of Floyd after his team kneeled for both the Star Spangled Banner and the Canadian National Anthem before playing the Toronto Raptors.
"It think it was a little bit over four minutes," James said. "And we actually as a unit, as a team, had to switch our knees over from one knee to the other knee because they started to get sore. They started to kind of start hurting a little bit.
And that's just a little over four minutes."
James says players keep spreading their message
Some NBA players feared restarting the season in Orlando would switch focus from what really matters to them at the moment -- the social justice movement.
"There were so many conversations before we got here that this right here, the bubble, us playing basketball would take away from the main thing," James said. "I think it's been the absolute opposite of that.
It's given us the opportunity to every single day speak about, feel passionate about whatever is going on in your personal life, whatever is going on in society, us trying to make a change. Being dynamic. Being heard. And using this platform, which is the NBA, the most popular game in the world.
"And we've had that support. We've had that support from the league. We've had that support from the Union. And every player, either if he spoke out or not, has felt like they felt empowered so if they feel like they want to say something or they feel like they want to hit on a topic, they don't have to feel pressure.
They don't have to feel like they won't be heard, like they won't be supported. And that's been a great thing to see. That we've been able to, as a league and as every individual, been able to voice our truth."