“We live in two Americas,” James said following the Lakers loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “And that was a prime example of that yesterday, and if you don’t understand that or don’t see that after seeing what you saw yesterday, then you really need to take a step back — not even just one step, but maybe four or five, or even 10 steps backwards and ask yourself how do you want your kids, or how do you want your grandkids, or how do we want America to be viewed as? Do we want to live in this beautiful country?”
James also pointed out how it made him think how he and his family, whom are black, would be treated if they were in the same situation.
“If those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would have been the outcome? And I think we all know,” James said. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts — we already know what would’ve happened to my kind if anyone would have even got close to the Capitol, let alone storm inside the offices, inside the hallways.”
“It’s like a double standard,” Lakers big man Anthony Davis added. “On the other side, an entire group runs into the nation’s Capitol and get escorted out the front door like everything is OK.
“And if I’m not mistaken — well, I’m not mistaken — they did take things, and when the Black Lives Matter [movement] protested it was, ‘Once the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ And to my knowledge, if you take something, you’re looting. And in that case, for them, they got escorted out the front door. And it’s just a slap in the face to us. It feels like we’re going backwards. We thought we were seeing change and then this happens.”
“The events that took place yesterday was a direct correlation of the president that’s in the seat right now — of his actions, his beliefs, his wishes,” James said. “He cares about nobody besides himself. Nobody. Absolutely nobody. He doesn’t care about this country. He doesn’t care about his family. He doesn’t care about anybody besides himself.”
“Four years ago, I sat there and said this is the beginning of the end for our country. And hopefully it only lasts four years,” James said. “But the one thing you can’t get back in life, one thing you can never get back, and that’s time. Can’t get back time. We’ve literally just s—ted away four years. How do we recoup that?”
“We took a step forward in November by electing Joe and Kamala to be in the White House, for them to be the head of our country,” James said. “That is a step forward.”