LeBron James made the decision to join Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls by wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt given to him by Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack to show support for the late Eric Garner.
Before the game against the Brooklyn Nets, James made sure to stress the fact that it is not about him or the Cleveland Cavaliers, rather it’s about the whole world. ESPN reports that James said, “It’s not a Cavs thing. It’s a worldly thing.”
James went on to say that, “It’s just for us to make a [statement] to understand what we’re going through as a society. I’ve been quoted over and over about what’s going on as far as it’s more of a notion to the family, more than anything. Obviously, as a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything, because they’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.”
James was not the only one to wear the T-shirt on the court Monday night as Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams also wore the T-shirt during warm-ups.
There is nothing wrong with NBA players doing this because that is just their opinion. Everybody doesn’t have to agree with it, but they certainly have the right to wear the T-shirts. Also, I think the NBA’s decision not to fine the players was appropriate, as this was simply their right. And who knows? Perhaps all of these protests will eventually lead to positive changes in society.