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Barack Obama: LeBron James ‘did the right thing’ by wearing ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt

Barack Obama, LeBron James

Barack Obama, LeBron James


LeBron James loved the stance Derrick Rose took by wearing an “I can’t breathe” shirt before a game, and the Cavaliers star followed suit.

So did many other players.

That earned commendation from the President of the United States.

Barack Obama, via Sandra Sobieraj Westfall of People Magazine:
“You know, I think LeBron did the right thing,” Obama told PEOPLE two days after that Cavaliers-Nets game.

“We went through a long stretch there where [with] well-paid athletes the notion was: just be quiet and get your endorsements and don’t make waves,” he also said. “LeBron is an example of a young man who has, in his own way and in a respectful way, tried to say, ‘I’m part of this society, too’ and focus attention.

“I’d like to see more athletes do that,” he added. “Not just around this issue, but around a range of issues.”

Meanwhile, Adam Silver prefers players would just follow the on-court dress code.