Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James is no stranger to speaking his mind. On Tuesday, he expressed his thoughts on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
The Unite the Right rally, protesting the removal of a Confederate statue, left
At an event for the LeBron James Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on educating children, James encouraged the students in attendance to stand up for their beliefs, according to the Associated Press.
"I know there's a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville," James says. "I have this platform, and I'm somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that's the only way we're going to be able to conquer something as one."
The athlete then mentioned President Donald Trump, who has received criticism for not explicitly admonishing neo-Nazis, KKK members and white supremacists at the protest.
"It's not about the guy that's the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case," says James. "It's about us. It's about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. All of us looking in the mirror and saying, 'What can we do better to help change?' And if we can all do that and give 110 percent, then that's all you can ask for."
This is not the first time James, who was ranked as one of the most influential and popular athletes by ESPN, has publicly taken a stand against racial inequality. Here are five others: