LeBron, Anthony Davis, Lakers Players: 'If YOU Ain't Wit US, WE Ain't Wit Y'ALL'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 1, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward LeBron James, big man Anthony Davis and other members of the current Western Conference leaders spoke out in response to protests following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police Monday.

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LeBron, AD and members of the Lakers roster posted this message on IG. https://t.co/A0AgXfnWmp

Others include forward Kyle Kuzma, guard Alex Caruso, center Dwight Howard and shooting guard Danny Green.

James has spoken out numerous times on social media in the days since Floyd's death:

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Why Doesn’t America Love US!!!!!????TOO. 😭😭🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️ #HeadHighandStayStrong🙏🏾💪🏾 #WeAllWeGot✊🏾👑

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“They Fear what they don’t understand/Hate what they can’t conquer/Guess that’s just the theory of man/became a MONSTER”- Words from one of the greatest writers/authors @Nas 🙏🏾✊🏾💪🏾👑

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Media showing this???? I bet you they’re not. 🤦🏾‍♂️! You know why, cause this is unity, peaceful, beautiful and love! https://t.co/QkgH2SFmON

Per Ray Sanchez, Joe Sutton and Artemis Moshtaghian of CNN.com, video captured a since-fired white Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, putting his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was lying down and handcuffed in police custody. Floyd died later that day.

The protests that the Lakers and others athletes have responded to run deeper than Floyd's death in a period of recent history that includes the deaths of other unarmed black people, including Breonna Taylor, Botham Jean and Ahmaud Arbery.

Per Mapping Police Violence, over 100 unarmed black people died from police violence in 2015. Unarmed black people were also killed at five times the rate of unarmed white people.