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As The NBA Season Tips Off, LeBron’s Sneakers Enter The Political Conversation

The regular season of one of America’s most popular sports has tipped off, and you know what that means. If you were thinking it means that you can hit the couch and enjoy a little escapism while watching some of the world’s greatest athletes do their thing, you’re sadly mistaken.

As we all know by now, the days of escapism via sports programming are on hiatus. Sports has turned into another forum for politics, and there doesn’t seem to be any slowing that down.

The National Basketball Association tipped off on Tuesday night for another lengthy season. There was plenty to talk about in regards to happenings on the court, but that’s gotten lost in the shuffle. What hasn’t been lost in the shuffle is what Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was wearing on his feet.

Is it a hot new pair of sneakers that will be flying off the shelves or something? Maybe, but these ones are customized to feature a political talking point.

As the Huffington Post shares, LeBron’s black Nike sneakers were emblazoned with the word ‘equality’ on the back.

“The message was meant to show solidarity with the ongoing NFL protests against police brutality and racial injustice, which former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick began last year by taking a knee during the national anthem,” HuffPo shares.

“On Tuesday, both basketball teams adhered to the NBA’s strict instructions to stand during the anthem. The Cavaliers, however, opted to link arms while the Celtics bowed their heads.”

Similar to NFL players that feel the need to kneel or sit for the anthem, James is in a unique position to affect the change that he desires to see. It’s unclear how a message on a pair of shoes will accomplish that, and it’s also unclear what he wants to see happen.

Perhaps they will be sold in stores in the future, and we’ll patiently wait and see if any and all proceeds are set aside to advance the causes - if any - that James may be passionate about. In any event, James hasn’t been shy about expressing his opinions of late.

“The subtle sneaker protest followed James calling President Donald Trump “a bum” for rescinding Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House,” HuffPo adds.

“James’ latest demonstration occurred at the same venue where the GOP held its Republican National Convention last July and picked Trump to become the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.”

Labeling a pair of shoes hardly qualifies as a ‘demonstration,’ but it does focus attention on his feet. So there’s that, but it’s unclear what else. Will fans be tuning in next time to see what message the basketball star has on his feet next time around?

Maybe some will - and you can be sure the media will be waiting with bated breath - but the vast majority will be tuning in to watch a game. If they feel the need to hear some political chatter, there’s a good chance they know how to locate the channels that will fulfill those needs.

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: YouTube, White House, Keith Allison/Wikicommons

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