LeBron James, who was a vocal voice for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and kneeled during the national anthem after the NBA season resumed while wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt has been named among the 2020 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.”
This year SI chose to honor multiple athletes – LeBron James, Breanna Stewart, Patrick Mahomes, Naomi Osaka and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
SI, wrote of James “Already a contender for GOAT, an advocate for racial equality and the founder of a school for low-income children, James—also the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award winner—put his considerable energy into inspiring young people to go to the ballot box in the face of voter suppression.”
Lebron James has become the first athlete to win SI's Sportsperson Of The Year award 3 times pic.twitter.com/AgAFenTWgi
— NESN (@NESN) December 6, 2020
LeBron also wore a mock “MAGA hat” in August
Note modified to call for justice for Breonna Taylor.
LeBron James wears modified MAGA hat to call for justice for Breonna Taylor https://t.co/oe315PNzLN
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 19, 2020
Not everyone was a fan of LeBron’s activism.
UFC star Colby Covington called out LeBron and “woke athletes” after a win in September.
Colby Covington calls out LeBron James and “woke athletes” pic.twitter.com/pU6yGgUuYV
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 20, 2020