NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage to address the recent violence taking place in the country. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“The ESPY Awards began on a somber note Wednesday evening as NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage to address the violent events of the past week. “The system is broken,” Carmelo Anthony said. “The problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide definitely is not new. But the urgency to great change is at an all-time high.”
Chris Paul, the nephew of a police officer, got more specific, naming Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and other victims of police violence. Paul invoked the tradition of athlete-activists of the past to explain their decision to speak out, from Jesse Owens to Muhammad Ali. Dwyane Wade expanded their call for nonviolence to include the shootings in Dallas and Orlando, as well as Chicago’s gun violence epidemic. Finally, LeBron James challenged his fellow professional athletes to use this moment “to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence, and renounce all violence. … We all have to do better.” Read their complete remarks below:”
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