Barack Obama praises LeBron James for 'living up to hype,' leading in social justice causes
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, congratulated LeBron James on living up to the hype and working to bring about lasting change off the field after winning the NBA Finals.
James and the Los Angeles Lakers won the franchise's 17th title on Sunday night and the first since 2010. It was the fourth title and fourth Finals MVP award for James in his 17-year career. He is now the first NBA player to win the award with three different franchises (Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and The Lakers).
Obama proud of James for title, justice work
James visited Obama at the White House after his teams Heat and Cavaliers won the championship. The two reportedly spoke during bubble season this summer.
Obama wrote on Twitter:
“Proud of my friend LeBron James for his fourth title, fourth final MVP, and for not only living up to the hype after seventeen seasons, but for him as an exceptional leader both on the court and in the public eye for education and social fights, has exceeded justice and our democracy. "
James averaged a triple-double throughout the final series, averaging 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in winning Game 6.
During his time in the bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., He has been vocal about his demands for social justice, saying that gamers won't stop fighting for reform this week.
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Farther away from the courts on ESPN's Wide World of Sports, its More Than a Vote initiative urges citizens to register, learn more about voter suppression, and create a plan to participate in the elections. The students at his I Promise School, which he founded two years ago in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, exceed expectations. They're also next to him on the Wheaties cereal box out this month.
Obama commends NBA, WNBA for using platforms
Barack Obama congratulated LeBron James on his fourth NBA title, but also on his extrajudicial work. (JIM WATSON / AFP via Getty Images)
Immediately after Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Obama commended the League and the WNBA for using their elevated platforms from their respective bubbles to raise awareness of racial justice.
The WNBA ended their season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Early last week when the Seattle Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces in the finals. It was the fourth title for 17 year old veteran Sue Bird, who was also called out by James after winning the trophy.
The NBA and WNBA used their seasons to focus on racial justice and encourage fans to step out and vote. After the murder of Jacob Blake, the teams left and took a day to think about it. Obama praised the move and reportedly spoke to James, Chris Paul and other players to encourage them to start the season again.
Players in the NBA wore idioms for justice on their jerseys, while WNBA players all wore the name Breonna Taylor. The courts said "Black Lives Matter" and the players took advantage of the media availability to discuss victims of police violence and the issue of voting.
Many arenas are used as electoral districts, including the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. It was the first day of early voting in Georgia on Monday, and while there was a temporary technological problem, the district's size prevented it from becoming a major problem.
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