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Tamir Rice's Mother Comments on LeBron James Not Giving Statement on Son's Death

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2017

One week after Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James made careful comments regarding the death of Tamir Rice, the boy's mother spoke out regarding LeBron's reluctance.

The 12-year-old Rice was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland in 2014, and it was recently ruled the officers on the scene would not face charges, according to Ashley Fantz, Steve Almasy and Catherine E. Shoichet of CNN.com.

Rice's family has received a great deal of support since the ruling. Because LeBron hasn't been shy about attaching his name to social issues in the past—he showed support for the likes of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner after their publicized deaths—"activists have started a social media campaign calling for James to sit out games in protest of the grand jury decision," according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.

James said on Dec. 29 he wasn't educated enough on the subject to take a stand, per McMenamin:

For me, I've always been a guy who's took pride in knowledge of every situation that I've ever spoke on. And to be honest, I haven't really been on top of this issue. So it's hard for me to comment. I understand that any lives that [are] lost, what we want more than anything is prayer and the best for the family, for anyone. But for me to comment on the situation, I don't have enough knowledge about it.

In an interview with Roland Martin for NewsOne Now, Samaria Rice expressed disappointment the four-time NBA MVP was so reserved: "I think it's quite sad that LeBron hasn't spoken out about my son. I'm not asking him to sit out a game. I know his kids got to eat too, but you could at least put a shirt on or something. ... I'm not asking nobody to quit their job or anything but, make a statement for us black people out here."

There is no question James' opinion and actions carry a lot of weight because of his immense fame in the United States of America and across the world.

He doesn't have an obligation to speak out on every issue, but there certainly seems to be more pressure on him when it comes to the Rice case, since it occurred in his current hometown.

 

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