Kevin Lee, the lightweight fighting for an interim title in the main event of Saturday's UFC 216, recently expressed his support for the widely circulated comments of basketball legend LeBron James.
As most people likely recall, James' comments were about President Donald Trump, whom he called, among other things, a "bum." James' comments were prompted by a series of Trump tweets and remarks about various pro athletes and sports situations, including Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry's refusal to accept an invitation to the White House.
LeBron James @KingJames
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!2017-9-23 15:17:24
“For somebody like Lebron James that’s been there and done that—the man has $1 billion dollars," Lee said at a UFC 216 media luncheon in Las Vegas, per MMAjunkie. "He’s got enough money to run a country, and for him to stand up for the little folks, I really have to take my hat off to him."
Lee, who faces Tony Ferguson for the interim title Saturday, said he was hoping to gain a wider platform of his own should he win the championship and if so would use it to address sensitive issues as James has.
“It’s just a big inspiration for me, especially as a black athlete. For some reason, everybody wants to shy away from it," Lee said. “I just wish that my voice was a little bigger. I think with that gold belt around my waist, it will be.”