Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has frequently criticized police officers that have shot or killed unarmed Black people. Though he has called for law enforcement to be held accountable for those incidents, never has James suggested it should be done with force.
“Not one time have I ever said let’s act violent toward cops,” James said following the Lakers’ 114-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. “I just said what’s going on in our community is not okay. And we fear for that, and we fear for our lives. It’s something that we go through every single day as a Black man, a Black woman and a Black kid and a Black girl, we fear that moment where we’re pulled over.”