The star of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James, said he has lost popularity because he speaks out on social issues – but that will not stop him from continuing.
"I want the satisfaction, not for me, but for everyone else: I grew up from [rappers] Snoop [Dogg] and [Tupac] and [Jay-Z] and Biggie [Smalls]and now I get the opportunity To be the inspiration for what all those kids look like And for me to just sit back and not say – if many of my colleagues did not say – — It did not feel right, "James said in the debut episode of "The Shop" HBO show with a ruthless discussion between James and other athletes and entertainers.
"At the end of the day when I decided that I would start saying something and saying nothing about the backlash, or if it affected me, my whole mindset was that it was not about me," she added James added. "… My popularity declined, but at the end of the day, my truth was broader for so many different children and so many different people than me personally."
James has repeatedly expressed his opinion about the state of race relations in America and common public criticism of President Donald Trump.
James's social attitude was one of several topics that were covered in the first episode of "The Shop," which aired on Tuesday night.
"I tell people all the time: I really feel like a zoo animal, there's no life for me," Beckham said. "You know, you took your kids to the zoo and we pretended to see the lions or let's see the lions and you go out and the lions are spread out Do you know what I mean? it's like why do not they do lion stuff, you know what I mean, like having people calling, "Odell! Dance!" I'm a show monkey or something I'm a puppet, do you know what I mean? And it's for me, that does not feel good, but it's like, damn, that's how life became. "[1
"I think you should say that, I think you should believe that," Green said regarding the idea that James is the best NBA player. "And you should definitely let the world know, I think Bron has become LeBron James in the last four years, and it has nothing to do with profits, and it has nothing to do with statistics." He found himself . " He did not begin to see him as they see him now, until he became that power, this man to say, "I am here." I have the feeling that for years he was afraid to say, "I am here." And when he started saying, "F-y'all, I'm here." Then he became who he is and no one ever said that until he did it himself. "
Earlier, James said he believes that black athletes have a different standard from white athletes, comparing the possible response to a black athlete who refuses to take a photo with a fan to the reaction of a white one Sportsman who declined the same request.
"I believe that if the world's largest quarterback is he's a white quarterback [Tom] Brady if it's [Aaron] Rodgers if it's [Peyton] Manning. And we do the same s, exactly the same s — [refusing to take a picture with a fan]. I'm talking over the phone We're like, "Hey, get the phone out of my face, I'm with my family." When we're out with our family and we say, s —, and somebody writes it, and if Aaron Rodgers or one of those people says that, and they post it, somebody will be like & # 39; Hey, you should respect Aaron Rodgers.
Green, James and Beckham were accompanied by WNBA star Candace Parker, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, comedian Jon Stewart, rapper Snoop Dogg, rapper Vince Staples and comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
ESPN's Ian Begley contributed to this report.