LeBron James shares new More Than A Vote video reacting to Capitol riots
LeBron James has been offering provocative and sobering commentary amid the fallout from this week’s riots in Washington, D.C., that were ignited by Donald Trump supporters whose protests devolved into a mob storming, vandalizing and looting the U.S. Capitol Building.
On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar shared a new spot from More Than A Vote, a voting rights group he formed with several other high-profile Black athletes earlier this year.
In it, the argument is forwarded that the rioters in D.C. this week were treated far differently than Black Lives Matter protesters when they spoke out against police brutality and social and racial injustice this past summer.
“IT WAS NEVER ABOUT WHAT WE DID,” James writes prefacing the spot, “IT’S ABOUT WHO WE ARE!”
IT WAS NEVER ABOUT WHAT WE DID, IT’S ABOUT WHO WE ARE! @morethanavote pic.twitter.com/LGsGXmvZKE— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 8, 2021
“It was never about what we did,” reads some of the text contained in the video. “It’s about who we are.”
Sharing More Than A Vote’s messaging of course was not the first time James as spoken out about the troubling events in D.C. this week, which many have condemned as an attempted coup or insurrection by Trump supporter. James of course has been engaged in a contentious feud with Trump for years.
Following Thursday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers star sounded off about the riots while making similar points as the More Than A Vote spot did.
“We live in two Americas,” James said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “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?”
Before Thursday’s postgame comments, James also shared a message of outrage on Instagram earlier in the day.
James of course is hardly the only sports star who has reacted with outrage over the D.C. riots. However, as perhaps the most socially and politically active athlete of this or any other era, James’ comments certainly resonate.
Further, James taking on a proactive role in addressing the disturbing events in D.C. this week will have a profound impact on how the narrative is shaped — at least across the sports landscape — regarding how pro-Trump rioters were handled far differently by authorities when compared to how BLM advocates treated during their protests this past summer.