A couple nights ago NBA star Lebron James attempted to show his support for the protest in connection to the death of New York resident, Eric Garner. Garner’s death was noted to be a result of a choke hold by police officers (on film) during his arrest, which ignited protest across the country when the officer wasn’t indicted. The term “I can’t breathe”, known as Garner’s last words has been used as a saying to spread awareness on his death. NBA players through out the league have been warming up in T-shirts with the ‘saying’ as a silent protest. NBA mega-star Lebron James also was one of the many players to participate in wearing the shirt but it seems his lack of boldness on speaking up about the issue has stand-up comedian Corey Holcomb upset. For his radio show ‘5150’, Holcomb went on to express his disappointment in James’s lack of not being more direct on why he wore the shirt when asked.
“Thats the point I want to make, on what I saw happen to Lebron yesterday… he had on that shirt that said, “I can’t breath.” The man had the mic and said, “Why do you have that shirt on?” Lebron said… “shout-out to the family” (Co-Host Zo Williams in the background). And when he said that I was so f*cking mad. To be honest it changed me from Lebron, because you’re only on top for so long. You don’t have the courage being the best player in the NBA to stand-up and say, “I have this shirt on because I’m upset that those Caucasian racist officers murdered that kid, they piled on him, choked him to death, and nothing happened, that’s why I have this shirt on?,” Holcomb expressed.
As their conversation continued Holcomb, Williams and co-hosts touched on ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith, who has suggested that blacks playing in the NBA can be viewed as a privilege. Listen to part of what Holcomb had to say below.