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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and several others wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts ahead of the game with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Following in the footsteps of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose who wore the t-shirt on Saturday night, James, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams all donned the same shirt to show support for the family of Eric Garner.
“It’s not a Cavs thing,” James said before the game. “It’s a worldly thing.”
“It’s just for us to make a [statement] to understand what we’re going through as a society,” James said when asked about the T-shirt.
“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.”
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 9, 2014
While it was a shock in terms of Rose making such a statement last week, James has regularly voiced his political and societal opinion on matters through the medium of wearing such t-shirts or taking to social media.
It was a notion shared by many others who revealed after the game that they just wanted to show support to the family of Garner who shouldn’t be forgotten in all of the controversy.
However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver insisted that he would prefer that the players wore the league’s official apparel before games, but it was understood that the league would not be fining any players who wore the shirts.
“I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules,” Silver said.
— justified agitator (@Awkward_Duck) December 9, 2014