Lebron James has transcended sports and wants to continue to use his voice for the unheard.
During the debut episode of his show The Shop, James explained why he rather speak out than remain silent.
“I want the satisfaction. Not for myself, but for everybody else. I was raised off of [rappers] Snoop [Dogg] and [Tupac] and [Jay-Z] and Biggie [Smalls], and now I get an opportunity to be the inspiration around what all of these kids are looking up to? And for me to just sit back and not say s— when a lot of my peers didn’t say s—? It didn’t feel right.”
“At the end of the day, when I decided I was going to start speaking up and not giving a f— about the backlash or if it affects me, my whole mindset was it’s not about me,” James added. “… My popularity went down. But at the end of the day, my truth to so many different kids and so many different people was broader than me personally.”
Earlier this month James opened a new school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The I Promise School is a public school (not a charter school) that will have an enrollment of 240 third- and fourth-grade students in its inaugural school year.