LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade on Wednesday teamed up to deliver a powerful speech during the 2016 ESPY Awards, in which they called for fellow athletes to use their fame to heal a country divided by racism, injustice and gun violence.
The NBA stars mention last week’s fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, which Anthony said had sparked “distrust” and “anger” in many Americans. James said it’s time to walk away from just feeling “frustrated” and start to help rebuild divided communities.
“Let’s use this moment as a call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves,” James said. “Speak up. Use our influence. And renounce all violence.”
“We all have to do better,” James added.
Here are their remarks from the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:
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