In the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, Los Angeles Lakers forward, LeBron James said the way the police conduct themselves makes him afraid to be a Black man in America.

I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America,” James said following the Lakers’ Game 4 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. “Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.”

Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he tried to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle. Officers were responding to a domestic disturbance. Video of the incident, taken from a window across the street, was distributed on social media and shared by Blake’s attorney, Ben Crump.


“If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman or detain him or just before the firing of guns, then you’re sitting here and lying to not only me, but you’re lying to every African American, every Black person in the community,” James said. “Because we see it over and over and over.


“If you watch the video, there were multiple moments where if they wanted to, they could’ve tackled him. They could’ve grabbed him. You know? They could’ve done that. And why, why does it always have to get to a point where we see the guns firing?”

James mentioned that Blake’s three children — ages 3, 5 and 8 — were in the car, a fact corroborated by Crump.

SOURCE : ESPN.