The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James asked the media this week why they would ask him about a recent scandal involving another NBA player but not about a photograph of a then-teenaged NFL owner from 1957.
Last month, James defended the Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving after Irving shared a link to an anti-Semitic film. “Kyrie apologized and he should be able to play,” James tweeted in-part. “That’s what I think. It’s that simple. Help him learn- but he should be playing.”
James wanted to know why reporters did not ask him about a photo that recently surfaced of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones standing in a crowd of a few dozen white kids who apparently were trying to block some black students from being able to enter Arkansas’ North Little Rock High.
Jones told The Post that he did not participate and he was only there to witness what was happening. “I don’t know that I or anybody anticipated or had a background of knowing … what was involved,” he said. “It was more a curious thing.”
“I got one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo,” James asked reporters at a press conference this week. “But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.”
“When I watch Kyrie talk and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things that we’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, black people, have been through in America,” James continued. “And I feel like as a black man, as a black athlete, as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong, or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage, it’s on the bottom ticker. It’s asked about every single day.”
“But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo — and I know it was years and years ago and we all make mistakes, I get it — but it seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, it happened. OK, we just move on.’ And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys,” James continued. “Appreciate it.”
James said in October that he used to be a Cowboys fan but stopped liking the team because the team told its players that it would not tolerate them disrespecting the United States by kneeling during the national anthem.
LeBron James wondered why he has not been asked about the 1957 photo of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that recently surfaced, after the media were quick to question him about Kyrie Irving.
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