WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2022—today during a press conference, NBA Basketball star Lebron James criticized media coverage of a photo of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, when he was a teen, standing in the doors to prevent the Arkansas nine from interring a school during a dark time in the civil rights era. James comments came as a surprise to reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. He asked the reporters to remain quiet.
“I got one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo. But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that,” James said to the crowd of reporters. When I watched Kyrie talk, and he says, I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we are talking about my people, and the things, that we have been through.: And the Jerry Jones, photo is one of those moments, that our people, Black people have been trhough in America. And I feel like, as a Black man, as a Black athelete with as someone with power and platform. When we do something wrong, or something that people don’t agree with, every single tabloid, every single news coverage is on the bottom ticker–every single day. But its seems like to me, the whole Jerry Jones situation photo, and I know that its years and years ago, and we all make mistakes. I get it. But it seems like its been buried under, like it happened, we just move on. I was kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys,”
James was referring to the antisemitic comments Irving made earlier this month for which he has since apologized. But, major news ignored the Jones’ and the story was “buried under.” James droped the mic and left the stage.
Source: Washington Times contributed to the article.