At the start of the ESPYs, which normally are a joking event, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James stood on stage along with Clippers guard Chris Paul, Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. The four spoke about violence in America against people of color and called on athletes to make a difference and become informed on issues. LeBron specifically spoke of wanting to honor the late Muhammad Ali’s legacy.
“We asked to start the show tonight this way,” Anthony said, “the four of us talking to our fellow athletes with the country watching, because we cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America. The events of the past week have put a spotlight on the injustice, distrust and anger that plagued so many of us.”
Check out the full speech below. LeBron is the last of the four to speak. And good on these four for using their status to speak out for change.