LeBron James is one of the most famous athletes in the world. But it is inarguable that “The King” is the most socially active and outspoken sports celebrity in the United States.
Recently, Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that “It doesn’t look good” when James and other “famous” people get involved in politics.
To that I say; money talks, bullshit walks.
James pays roughly $40 million per year in federal, state, and local taxes. In addition, his media company, Spring Hill Entertainment, employs 100 people.
Political power and influence in our country have always been bought and sold by wealthy people. For some reason a young, rich, black athlete can’t weigh in on political, social, and racial issues the same way old, rich white guys have for decades.
I wonder what that reason is? Give you one guess.
In addition to paying millions in taxes, James has pledged over $100 million dollars over the next ten years to fund 2,300, four-year scholarships to The University of Akron.
James has also spent millions of dollars to establish the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
With that type of financial commitment, James should use his giant megaphone and platform to try to make the lives of many underprivileged people in his community better. If that offends some, too bad.,
John Sapochetti is co-host of three podcasts heard on Full Press Radio:
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