When Eric Garner was choked to death by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo this past summer, the nation
saw every horrific detail
unfold on YouTube. In the five months since Garner's death, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone with half a heart who'd go on record to say what happened to Garner was anything other than a grave injustice.
So, when a Staten Island grand jury decided it was not going to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the outrage grew immediately and protests spread not only across New York City, but all over the United States. Much like the St. Louis Rams players who walked out with their hands up in solidarity with Ferguson protestors in wake of the death of teenager Mike Brown, several players in the NBA decided to stand in solidarity with protestors of Eric Garner's death.
First, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore an #icantbreathe T-shirt in his pre-game warm-up on Saturday. Then several players from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets, including superstar Lebron James, joined in during a marquee matchup with one another on Monday night. While the statement was widely appreciated by protestors, it needs to be stated that it's about as tepid of a statement as a player can make.
Again, what we are saying is that Lebron James wore a T-shirt with a statement on it during pre-game warm-ups.
He didn't insist on wearing it during the game.
He didn't decide to hold a civil disobedience demonstration during the game.
He didn't say he was going to refuse to play basketball again until the laws changed.
Please read below the fold for the response.
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