LeBron James doesn't sound inclined to take a knee in protest during the national anthem, but he has plenty to say about the issues at stake.
In a wide-ranging discussion at Cavaliers media day Monday, James spoke several times about the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump's recent comments about athlete protests — without mentioning the president by name.
While he said he "wouldn't be surprised" if NBA players followed the lead of their NFL counterparts who have taken a knee during the anthem, he had this to say about his own plans:
"My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee. … It's not about the disrespect of the flag and our military, it's about equality and the freedom to speak about things they feel are unjust."
LeBron on Trump: "The people run this country. Not one individual. And damn sure not him"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 25, 2017
James also expressed dismay at Trump's use of players as political fodder, noting that sports brings people of all backgrounds together like nothing else.
"We're not going to let — I'm not going to let, while I have this platform — one individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have or she should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us," James said.