LeBron wore an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirt before the Cavaliers faced off the Nets in protest of the New York grand jury’s decision not to indict the NYPD officer responsible for the choking death of Eric Garner.
While warming up for the Dec. 8 game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets, NBA legend and Cavaliers star LeBron James, 29, protested the no indictment decision over Eric Garner‘s chokehold death. LeBron, along with other teammates, sported black tee-shirts with the phrase “I Can’t Breathe.”
LeBron James’ ‘I Can’t Breathe Shirt’: Protesting NYC Grand Jury Decision
The shirts were provided by Nets guard Jarrett Jack. LeBron, Jarret and teammate Kyrie Irving wore the protest shirts during warmups.
The words written on the shirt, “I can’t breathe,” were the final words Eric said before his death.
“It’s more a notion to the family than anything,” LeBron said according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “Obviously as a society we have to do better, we have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.”
Eric Garner Chokehold Death: No Charges For NYPD Officer From Grand Jury
The grand jury reached their decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric, who was unarmed at the time on Dec. 3, which caused major uproar.
The decision came just two weeks after the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri chose not to bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown. LeBron took to his Instagram to honor Michael by posted a drawing of Michael and Trayvon Martin walking arm-in-arm.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Would you wear an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt to protest the New York grand jury’s decision?
— Julianne Ishler