LeBron James: Orlando nightclub shooting ‘puts things in perspective’
After a shooting in an Orlando nightclub on Sunday left at least 50 dead, LeBron James offered his condolences to the victims and their families.
“It’s another hit for us as Americans and what we have to deal with in our world today,” James said on Sunday, according to ESPN. “It definitely puts things in perspective on basketball for myself; it’s just a small matter of what reality really is. My prayers to all the lost ones and all the ones that are recovering from this morning’s tragedy in Orlando.”
Police are investigating the shooting at the gay nightclub as a domestic terror incident after the shooter called 911 to pledge his allegiance to ISIS. With 50 people dead and 53 wounded, the shooting is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Other athletes and teams posted their condolences on social media throughout the day on Sunday.
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My thoughts & prayers go out to my Orlando LGBT community brothers and sister during this senseless act of violence.— SHAQ (@SHAQ) June 12, 2016
Love is Love!
To my brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community please take the time to read this. If you have not already heard there was a terrible shooting at a gay night club in Orlando. It is not only a sad day for the #LGBTQ community, but for the American people. 50 people lost their lives because of a hateful coward with a gun. Let this hateful act of terror on the #LGBTQ community be a wake up call for America. Men and women of all races, ages, and sexual orientation are being slaughtered because of hate crimes. How many more must die from a hate crime? We need to create awareness for ALL to show that hate is not the foundation of our nation. Friends DO NOT let this coward put fear into your hearts!!! Let us all come together stronger than ever and let the world know that we will not be terrorized or bullied by the actions of hateful bigots. We are here to stay and fight not only for equality, but for our very existence. To the victims love ones of this terrible crime I and the entire #LGBTQ community in the world stands with you and mourns with you. #standwithorlando #prayfororlando #love #peace #lbgtq #pride
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All I can do is pray The Lord consoles the families, friends,& people mourning the victims of this dreadful act— Calvin Johnson, Jr. (@calvinjohnsonjr) June 12, 2016
A moment of silence in remembrance of the victims was held on Sunday before several MLB games, Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals and at NASCAR’s race in Michigan.