LeBron wears 1 black shoe, 1 white shoe

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer

WASH­ING­TON - LeBron James made a state­ment dur­ing an NBA game with his shoes - one black, one white, with the word “equal­ity” in cap­i­tal gold let­ters on the back of each.

Then, after the game, James made a state­ment about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, say­ing: “This is a beau­ti­ful coun­try and we're never go­ing to let one per­son dic­tate how beau­ti­ful and how pow­er­ful we are.”

The four-time NBA MVP was asked about his choice of footwear for the first half of his Cleve­land Cava­liers' 106-99 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards on Sun­day night at an arena about a mile from the White House.

“Ob­vi­ously, we know where we are right now,'' James be­gan. “And we know who's at the helm here.”

He con­tin­ued, speak­ing about the im­por­tance of “hav­ing equal rights and be­ing able to stand for some­thing and speak for some­thing and keep­ing the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing.”

James then re­ferred to his past dis­cus­sions of Trump, say­ing: “Ob­vi­ously, I've been ... very out­spo­ken and well-spo­ken about the sit­u­a­tion that's go­ing on at the helm here. ... Equal­ity is all about un­der­stand­ing our rights, un­der­stand­ing what we stand for and how pow­er­ful we are as men and as women, black or white or His­panic. It doesn't mat­ter your race.”

Ear­lier this year, James called Trump “a bum” on Twit­ter and also said at Cleve­land's pre­sea­son me­dia day: “He doesn't un­der­stand how many kids, no mat­ter the race, look up to the pres­i­dent of the United State for guid­ance, for lead­er­ship, for words of en­cour­age­ment. He doesn't un­der­stand that, and that's what makes me more sick than any­thing.”

Then, for Cleve­land's first reg­u­lar-sea­son game, James donned a pair of black sneak­ers with the “equal­ity” mes­sage. But this was the first time James chose to wear one white and one black shoe.

At half­time Sun­day, he changed into other sneak­ers. James fin­ished the game with 20 points, 15 as­sists and 12 re­bounds.

“I didn't play well in the first half, and I'm very su­per­sti­tious, so I took `em off,” James ex­plained, be­fore jok­ing: “I didn't play well in the se­cond half, either, so if there was a third half, I would have took those off.”


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