Los Angeles Lakers superstar Lebron James underlined he doesn't want to see Black people or anyone else being treated unfairly in the United States society. James, a three-time NBA champion, has been vocal about wanting to see a positive change in the society and Black people getting a better treatment.
"We don't want anyone to be injured. We don't want anyone to be hurt," James told Spectrum SportsNet's Mike Trudell, as revealed on ESPN. "My condolences go out to the officers that were shot in Los Angeles.
And we want justice for that, as well as we want justice for Breonna Taylor and so on and so on. We don't want no violence. We preach for the better of love and peace. Hopefully we can get that at some point in our communities -- but [to achieve it as] us as a nation because that's what's going to make us the greatest nation again.
All peace and all love."
James says he has never condoned violence
James has been vocal about Black people living in fear of what will happen when they get pulled over by police officers. James suggests there is a lot of racially profiling out there but he doesn't want to see police officers or anyone else get hurt.
"I've never in my 35 years ever condoned violence. Never have. But I also know what's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong," James said. "I grew up in the inner city in a Black community in what we call the hood or the ghetto.
... I've seen a lot of counts firsthand of a lot of Black people being racially profiled because of our color. And I've seen it throughout my whole life. "And I'm not saying that all cops are bad because, I actually -- throughout high school and things of that nature, and I'm around them all the time, and they're not all bad.
But when you see the videos that's going on and you can see all over the -- not only my hometown but all over America -- you continue to see the acts of violence toward my kind, I can't do nothing but to speak about it and see the common denominator.
"But not one time have I ever said, 'Let's act violent toward cops.' I just said that what's going on in our community is not OK, and we fear for that, and we fear for our lives. It's something that we go on every single day as a Black man and a Black woman and a Black kid, a Black girl.
We fear. We fear that moment when we're pulled over." Meanwhile, the Lakers have a 2-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets in their Western Conference Finals series.