LeBron James Calls Out Reporters For Not Asking Him About The Jerry Jones Photo
The media loves to ask LeBron James sociopolitical questions that don’t necessarily have anything to do with basketball. Just recently, they asked him about the Kyrie Irving situation, basically forcing him to have an opinion on the matter.
If you don’t know, Irving came under fire last month after he tweeted out a link to an antisemitic film. He initially refused to apologize for the mistake, which got him into more trouble. He was suspended for eight games and he did eventually issue a sincere apology.
James was asked about the situation multiple times, and last night, after he and the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers, he asked the media why they didn’t give the same energy toward the Jerry Jones situation.
You see, a photo resurfaced from 1957 showing a 16-year-old Jerry Jones with a group of white classmates who were trying to prevent six Black students from entering a school in Arkansas.
Jones has not received any punishment from the NFL and he claims he was simply a “curious observer” and had no idea what was going on at the time.
However, it’s pretty well documented that everyone back then knew what was going on. It was a huge story locally back then. It would have been almost impossible for him not to know what was going on. Honestly, I’d have more respect for him if he was just like, “Yeah, I followed the crowd. That was the mindset at the time. I feel terribly about it.”
Anyway, James slammed the media for not asking him about the situation.
When the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that. When I watch Kyrie talk and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things that we’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America. And I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong, or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid.
He added that he was “disappointed” by their lack of questioning and then left the media room.
His next press conference should be very interesting.