LeBron James and a small group of players spoke to former President Obama for advice on what to do after the Jacob Blake shooting.
Obama reportedly offered them guidance and encouraged them to continue the season, while taking action on social justice.
Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for Obama confirmed the conversation and told CNN in a statement “As an avid basketball fan, President Obama speaks regularly with players and league officials. When asked, he was happy to provide advice on Wednesday night to a small group of NBA players seeking to leverage their immense platforms for good after their brave and inspiring strike in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting.”
Hill added “They discussed establishing a social justice committee to ensure that the players’ and league’s actions this week led to sustained, meaningful engagement on criminal justice and police reform.”
The NBA announced along with the season resuming Saturday “The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.”