Lebron James, one of the most popular voices in the fight against racial prejudice and police violence, posted a heartfelt message to Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery was shot down on February 23, 2020, but it was not until May of that year that the suspects were charged with the murder. Just hours earlier today, the conviction against Travis McMichael and two other suspects for the murder fell.
Four-time MVP, who just wore Los Angeles Lakers beyond Indiana Pacers, presented story on Instagram in response to Complex’s post. The message from LeBron James was in resonance with many who felt the same way when the conviction was announced.
“Rest in peace young Ahmaud Arbery.”
In May 2020, LeBron James originally tweeted the message “Rest in Peace” after hearing the news of Arbery’s horrific death.
Ahmaud Arbery was chased by Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan because they thought he was involved in the burglary in the neighborhood. Travis shot him three times with a shotgun and pleaded guilty to all charges. The national media were mostly unaware of the events until the cool video taken by Bryan went viral.
LeBron James was apparently one of those who saw the terrible recording of the events, which led to his passionate post in May. The lynching-like killing stirred national consciousness and brought back the Black Lives Matter campaign in Georgia and across the United States.
NBA and stars like LeBron James dive into alleged race-related cases
The fallen George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Kyle Rittenhouse who involved racial prejudice and police violence have made LeBron James and NBA stars make their thoughts known. Most recently, the Lakers superstar took a shot at Rittenhouse for allegedly forging his tears during his own trial.
High-profile athletes, especially LeBron James, have such a large following that what they publish on social media about such cases automatically puts these cases on the pedestal. Obviously, the arguments for and against these cases will plummet further when the posts are seen by thousands or millions.
Athletes nowadays recognize their value and responsibility when it comes to the most difficult political and social issues. The trend to make social media their platform for expressing their opinions is likely to continue for good.
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