LeBron James On Killing Of George Floyd: 'Do You Understand NOW'

Melissa Rohlin

LeBron James expressed anger over the recent killing of George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man who was violently held down with a knee by a white police officer in Minneapolis on Monday and later died at a nearby hospital. 

James posted a photo on Instagram of the officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as he's handcuffed next to a photo of Colin Kaepernick peacefully kneeling in protest of police brutality.

"Do you understand NOW!!??!!??" James wrote Tuesday. "Or is it still blurred to you?? 🤦🏾‍♂️ #StayWoke👁"

Four police officers were fired Tuesday and the FBI is conducting an investigation into the incident. 

According to a police statement, the officers were responding to a "forgery in progress" and the suspect physically resisted officers.

A video of the incident that was widely circulated on the internet showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can't breathe” as he's being restrained. 

Earlier this month, James was outraged over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who was allegedly gunned down by two white men in February while he was on a jog near his home in Brunswick, Georgia.

"We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!" James tweeted May 6. "Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!?

"No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the heavens above to your family!! #StayWoke #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack."

After a video of the incident surfaced on the internet, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, of Brunswick were arrested May 7. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime, an attorney for the Arbery family told CNN on Monday. 

James, a three-time NBA champion, has often used his platform to condemn racial and social injustices. He has 46.1 million followers on Twitter and 64.9 million followers on Instagram. 

James also spoke out in the past about the killings of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

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Paynteck
Paynteck

Asians here sitting in a corner, waiting for the day that our mistreatment will be recognized.

murlia1927
murlia1927

Media don't show racist acts on whites from blacks because they rarely happen. Killing blacks (men) especially have become a sport for white authority. How many blacks kill whites @ Rayloucks, most of the time whites kill themselves and family members, or go shoot up a school. so white on white crime is much higher than black on white. Blacks will never stop advocating for those who were wrongfully killed so in other words, the complaints will continue until the lynchings stop. Idiot.

Rayloucks99
Rayloucks99

Why does the media only show racial acts on African Americans and not the other way around? Every time it’s about how the blacks are so damn mistreated, the media never show racism on how many blacks kill whites! In America only whites can be racist according to the blacks,you don’t think blacks are racist? Well guess what there’s just as many racist blacks as their is whites the only differences is the whites don’t go around whining about how mistreated they are and post it all over the media. In other words fucking get over it!!!


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