Standing alongside three All-Star NBA players, LeBron James opened last night’s ESPYs by calling on the audience to do their part to stop violence. He urged all professional athletes to use this moment to, “educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence. And most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them. We all have to do better.”
With more than 2,000 Republican delegates and the national media descending on Cleveland next week, King James has a unique opportunity to lead by example. In the wake of recent shootings, many fear the upcoming Republican National Convention could become a rerun of Chicago in 1968.