LeBron on protests: 'My voice is more important than my knee'

LeBron on protests: 'My voice is more important than my knee'

"In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we'll constructively use our trip to the nation's capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion - the values that we embrace as an organization". Sports is so incredible, what sports can do for everything, no matter the shape or size or race or ethnicity or whatever. And when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way to come together and be as great as we can be as a people. I'm not going to let one individual, no matter their power, ever use sport as a platform to divide us. "And damn sure not (Trump)".

Trump faced widespread anger from National Football League teams and players after his call last week that players should be fired if they protested against perceived racial injustice in the United States by not standing for the anthem.

"It's powerful what all these athletes are doing", James said.

James acknowledged he has not considered taking a knee when the NBA's regular season starts up again next month, but he plans to continue speaking out.

HUCKABEE SANDERS: I think that the focus has long since changed and certainly the message and what a lot has been communicated over these last several weeks through this process, through this protest by these players.

"I don't like anything he's been saying", Wall said. "So therefore ain't no invite", James tweeted.

If you're not up on your sports traditions, typically American championship-winning teams are invited to visit the White House and meet the president.

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James posted a video message Saturday which explained why President Donald Trump must be held accountable for his rhetoric regarding athletes speaking out on social issues.

They said it was unnecessary for Trump to withdraw an invitation that was already rejected.

"Whatever topic y'all want to hit, let's stay there before me move on to the next".

"We know this is the greatest country in the world. No one individual can stop your dreams from being a reality".

On the NFL's response to Trump and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the kneeling protests previous year to bring attention to police brutality against minorities. I have an idea of why, but it's kind of beneath a leader of a country to go that route. The whole stadium echoed with boos before both teams' locked arms on their own sidelines for the national anthem.

On former teammate Kyrie Irving, who demanded a trade and was dealt to Boston: "I tried to give him everything and give him as much of the DNA as I could".

It's media day for many teams around the league.

The four-time NBA MVP admitted he was shocked by Irving's trade request and said the par had not spoken since the deal with the Celtics was signed off.

"I think it'll be terrific...." "It was definitely a shock".