Jared Kushner intends to reach out to LeBron James about NBA boycott
LeBron James unsurprisingly was among the NBA superstars who took charge as the players ultimately decided to boycott Wednesday night’s three scheduled playoff games.
As a result of his typical brand of leadership when it comes to matters such as social justice and activism, the Los Angeles Lakers star was criticized by Jared Kushner.
What’s more, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House advisor stated he intends to contact James on Thursday.
Appearing Thursday morning on MSNBC, Kushner led his comments in the NBA player strike/boycott by calling out James and his colleagues by arguing it’s easy for them to take such action due to their wealth. He also stated he intends to reach out to James at some point Thursday.
Jared Kushner says he plans to reach out to @KingJames. This comes amid him saying on CNBC, “NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially.”— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 27, 2020
“The NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” Kushner, who is a senior adviser in the White House, said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday, per Bloomberg. “So they have that luxury, which is great.”
“… What I’d love to see from the players in the NBA — again, they have the luxury of taking a night off from work, most Americans don’t have the financial luxury to do that,” he said. “It’s nice that they’re standing up for the issue, but I’d like to see them start moving into concrete solutions that are productive.”
Another member of the White House staff also shared some condemnatory reactions to the NBA player boycott on another major news network.
Jared Kushner said on our program this morning that he would reach out to LeBron James. https://t.co/7qzJ75tcX6— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 27, 2020
James, along with Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, is believed to have led the charge Wednesday night in arguing players should boycott the rest of the postseason entirely in light of recent shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, Wisc.
Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven times in the back by officers in front of his children. It inspired widespread outrage among players, not to mention coaches, in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla.
James has been extremely outspoken about the Blake shooting on social media since the incident occurred last Sunday, so his vocal leadership regarding how the players should proceed in light of the incident’s fallout hardly comes as a surprise.
What’s more, James has long been among the most passionate advocates in all of professional sports in this or any other era when it comes to social justice.
As it relates to Kushner’s comments, James’ longstanding adversarial stance against Trump and his presidency likely means will not be receptive at all to the White House advisor’s entreaties for a possible phone call. Further, it’s become abundantly clear that the NBA really doesn’t pay much mind to what Trump and his administration think about the league or its players’ activism in the first place.