Social justice has stepped foot on the NBA courts, literally.
Basketball all-star LeBron James did some trolling of President Trump this weekend with his brand new "Equality" shoes; essentially, one black shoe paired with a white shoe, with the words "Equality" written in gold across the backs of both.
"When it comes to LeBron James, beyond the X's and O's, is that he takes his platform as a professional athlete very serious," Fox Sports said in reporting on the shoes. "And with all that has been going on in our world today, LeBron has been very adamant and vocal, using his voice to raise awareness to help create change."
After the game on Sunday, LeBron James had something to say about President Trump: "This is a beautiful country and we're never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are."
LeBron James has previously called the President “a bum” on Twitter and told press at Cleveland’s preseason media day that Trump "doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything.”
Explaining his decision to to wear the shoes, James said, "Obviously, we know where we are right now. And we know who's at the helm here."
“Obviously, I’ve been … very outspoken and well-spoken about the situation that’s going on at the helm here," said James. "Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men and as women, black or white or Hispanic. It doesn’t matter your race.”
James, being "very superstitious," actually did not wear his shoes for the whole of Sunday's game. At halftime, he switched into his other sneakers to improve his game performance. James finished the game with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds.
“I didn’t play well in the first half, and I’m very superstitious, so I took ’em off,” James explained, before joking, “I didn’t play well in the second half, either, so if there was a third half, I would have took those off.”
It seems that James values winning more than social justice. Go figure.