LeBron James Calls Out Reporters For Failing To Ask Him About Controversial Racist Image Featuring Dallas Cowboys CEO Jerry Jones
LeBron James called out reporters after realizing they had no questions to ask him about the controversy surrounding Jerry Jones.
On Wednesday (Nov. 30) following the Los Angeles Lakers’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron James took the opportunity to question the media about why they had no questions about Jerry Jones’ racist viral photo. Recently, an image of Dallas Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, surfaced the internet which showed him as a 14-year-old standing with students trying to keep a school in Arkansas segregated in 1957.
LeBron James said:
“I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question about the Jerry Jones photo. But when the Kyrie thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.”
As previously reported, Kyrie Irving returned to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday (Nov. 20) to play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center after he was suspended for promoting the film “Hebrews To Negros: Wake Up Black America,” which is accused of spewing several “Jewish stereotypes and antisemitic tropes.”
“I don’t even want you guys to say nothing. When I watched 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.”
The NBA legend, who scored 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, last night (Nov. 30) added:
“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. It seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo – and I know that 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, okay we just move on.’”
Before walking off, the 37-year-old concluded:
“I was kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys. Appreciate it.”
“I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question about the Jerry Jones photo, but when the Kyrie thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask questions about that.” – LeBron James asks reporters about the 1957 desegregation mob photo pic.twitter.com/uC9vcvcZKc
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Jones previously responded to the scrutiny of being in that photo and defended himself by claiming that he wasn’t aware of what he was doing at the time. The 80-year-old said:
“That was 65-years-old and a curious kid, I didn’t know at the time the monumental event that was going on and I’m sure glad that we’re a long way from that.”
Jones, who has owned the Dallas Cowboys for 33 years, continued:
“That would remind me to continue to do everything we can to not have those kinds of things happen.”
After being asked if he regrets being in that setting or in the image, he responded:
“I wouldn’t have just dug that up, for sure. Seriously.”
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