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LeBron James inquired why he was asking the media about Irving and not about Jerry Jones | LeBron James

LeBron James took on reporters on Wednesday for failing to ask him about a controversial photo show Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones.

Washington Post Recently discovered a photo from 1957 Jones, a teenager, was in the crowd as a mob of white boys blocked six black students from entering North Little Rock High School in Arkansas. The photo was taken during a period when schools were beginning to desegregate in the United States. Jones said he was being watched during the incident and was unaware of what was going on.

“I have one question for you guys before you leave. I was thinking when I was on my way here, I was wondering why I didn’t get any questions from you about the Jerry Jones photo,” James told reporters after his Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers. “But when kyrie [Irving] It was happening, you soon asked us questions about it.”

This North Little Rock High photo has recently resurfaced.  A teenage Jerry Jones stands toward the back of the crowd in a horizontal striped shirt, to the right of the raised camera
This North Little Rock High photo has recently resurfaced. A teenage Jerry Jones stands toward the back of the crowd in a horizontal striped shirt, to the right of the raised camera. Photo: William P Straeter/AP

Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets after he tweeted a link to an anti-Semitic film and refused to apologize. Irving has since returned after issuing an apology. James was asked last month why he believes so little NBA The players commented on Irving’s initial lack of apology. James condemned anti-Semitism when asked about the situation.

On Wednesday, James appeared to accuse reporters of a double standard.

“When I watch Kerry speak and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep that same energy when we talk about my people and the things we’ve been through,’ and that image of Jerry Jones is one of those moments that our people, black people, have had in America,” James said. “I feel as a black man, as a black athlete, as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong, or something people don’t agree with, it’s in every tabloid, every news coverage, it’s at the bottom of the index. He is asked about every day.

“But it seems to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, the picture — and I know it’s been years and years ago and we all make mistakes, I get that — but it just seems to have been buried, like, ‘Oh, it happened.'” Well, we’re just moving on. And I was kind of frustrated that I didn’t get that question from you guys.”

The Washington Post article Where the photo was revealed also discussed Jones’ failure to hire a black coach for the Cowboys.

In October, James said he stopped supporting the Cowboys after Jones pledged to seat any Cowboys who “disrespect[ed]The flag during the 2017 national anthem protests. Jones later walked back that promise and knelt with the players before Monday Night Football.

“I had to sit on the cowboy, man,” James said in October. “A lot of things were going on when the guys were on their knees. The guys were free of expression and wanted to do it in a very peaceful way. … The organization was like, ‘If you do it here you’ll never play for this franchise again.’ I just didn’t. I think that was appropriate.”

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