LeBron James on Adam Jones taunts: 'Racism is gonna be a part of time forever'

LeBron James is playing on a different level this playoffs but the Cavaliers star will not win his fifth MVP award.

After the Cavs took down the Raptors in Game 2, LeBron James was asked about something more important than the basketball game: racism.

The question was brought on following a situation earlier in the week when Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was subjected to racist taunts by fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Jones said he was called the N-word multiple times and that a bag of peanuts was thrown at him.

James said he didn't know all the details of the story because he has been off social media but still did his best to talk about the subject. He took some time to provide a thoughtful response.

“Racism is gonna be a part of time forever, I believe, but I think for us, the people that have the opportunities to have a voice and people that have an opportunity to have some play on the youth that’s coming up, we have to lead them the best way we can, and we have to live with the results, so hopefully I was able to answer your question. It’s a real, real longer conversation, but if we can keep the conversation going, I think it helps.”

“It’s a delicate situation. Racism, we know, exists. You try not to put yourself in a position, for me as a father, I try to give my kids the blueprint on how life is gonna be. But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to live it themselves. For me, I just try to be respectful, for one, respectful to others, and I feel like if you do that consistently, then I believe the karma will come back to you.

“With the Adam Jones situation, I don’t know who said it or what happened, the whole community in Boston, whatever the case may be, and I’ve heard a couple athletes say that you expect that when you go to Boston. For me, I’ve been to Boston and I’ve played in Boston a lot, I just try to have tunnel vision when I play. I can’t recall ever hearing something that was racism towards me, but I think it was great that the other guys spoke up for him, not even on his own team, the guys from the Red Sox spoke up for Adam Jones saying like, ‘Hey guys, this is a situation where you guys need to have a standing ovation. Please do that.’

“It’s not great for sports. It’s not great for society. You got guys like Martin Luther King, who all he talked about was trying to unite all of us — no matter the color, no matter the race, no matter the shape or size.

“Racism is gonna be a part of time forever, I believe, but I think for us, the people that have the opportunities to have a voice and people that have an opportunity to have some play on the youth that’s coming up, we have to lead them the best way we can, and we have to live with the results, so hopefully I was able to answer your question. It’s a real, real longer conversation, but if we can keep the conversation going, I think it helps.”


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