LeBron James is certainly a ‘once-in-a-generation’ type of player. We simply have not seen any player like him before. He has had the target on his back since he was 16 years old, being on the cover of Sports Illustrated and having celebrities come watch his high school games.
While it seemed like it would be impossible for LeBron to live up to the hype, he certainly has lived up, if not exceeded the hype. Leading two franchises to four finals each certainly speaks for itself. Delivering the city of Cleveland their first NBA title ever will also stand out on his resume.
We could go on and on about LeBron’s accomplishments on the court, but what he is doing off the court right now is quickly becoming big news. LeBron has been known to take stands and talk about societal issues before. He has taken great pride in using his enormous platform and bringing awareness to issues that are currently happening.
Something that can never be taken away from LeBron is his ability to take controversial stands. Many players in his position do not take these stands and tend to give the political answer when asked about the issue. This usually happens because players are scared they will lose endorsements or hurt their brand by saying what they feel.
LeBron’s latest stand took place on Twitter, after President Donald Trump had a few choice words for NBA and NFL athletes. President Trump stated that nobody should take a knee for the national anthem and that it is an honor to visit the White House. These comments took place after Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant publicly announced that they did not want to visit the White House.
President Trump tweeted at Curry and announced that because of his hesitation to visit the White House, he will take back his invitation. LeBron quickly responded to President Trump and had some choice words on the situation. Twitter immediately blew up, which is usually what occurs when LeBron sends a tweet.
A majority of the sports world has been turned off by the President Trump’s latest comments. LeBron has been outspoken about a lot of subjects and it will be interesting to see which other stands he will take in the future.
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