AceShowbiz - LeBron James turned things around during a press conference after the Los Angeles Lakers' 128-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. After answering some questions from reporters, the athlete called them out for not asking him about Jerry Jones' viral desegregation photo but were "quick to ask" about Kyrie Irving.
"I got one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven't gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo," the 37-year-old said. "But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that."
"When I watch Kyrie talk and he says, 'I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we're talking about my people and the things that we've been through,' and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America," he added. And I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong, or something that people don't agree with, it's on every single tabloid, every single news coverage, it's on the bottom ticker. It's asked about every single day."
"But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo -- and I know it was years and years ago and we all make mistakes, I get it -- but it seems like it's just been buried under, like, 'Oh, it happened. OK, we just move on,' " the professional basketball player continued. "And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven't received that question from you guys."
The said photo was taken when Jerry was 14 in 1957. In the image, the Dallas Cowboys owner could be seen peering over a crowd of white students who were trying to block six Black students from entering the doors of North Little Rock High School.
Jerry has addressed the viral picture though. "I didn't know at the time the monumental event really that was going on," he told reporters last week. "I'm sure glad that we're a long way from that. I am. That would remind me [to] just continue to do everything we can to not have those kinds of things happen."