As one of the NBA’s most recognizable stars, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has a wide fan base to think about before weighing in on political debates.
During a recent media event, however, he did broach the topic of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes choosing to protest police violence during the pre-game national anthem.
James made it clear he is not going to take part in the growing demonstration.
“Me, standing for the national anthem is something I will do,” he declared. “That’s who I am. That’s what I believe in.”
Even if he does not personally subscribe to Kaepernick’s convictions, however, James went on to express his respect for the way his protests have been conducted.
“He was very educated, very smart, very candid and very demanding about what he wanted to do,” James said of Kaepernick. “And he didn’t ask anybody else to join him. He did it in the most peaceful manner I’ve ever seen someone stand up and do something. So I can respect that.”