Like most of us, Samaria Rice is still reeling from a Cleveland grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the November 2014 fatal shooting of her 12-year-old son Tamir. While many have called for boycotts, particularly by the city’s professional athletes, Rice would like Cleveland’s highest profile celeb speak out about her son.
When asked about the calls for Cleveland Cavs star LeBron James to sit out a game in protest over the non-indictment, Rice told NewsOne Now she wished the NBA star did a little more to raise awareness about her son’s tragic death.
“I think it’s quite sad that LeBron hasn’t spoken out about my son,” Rice said. “I’m not asking him to sit out a game. I know his kids got to eat, too. But you can at least put on a shirt or something…I’m not asking nobody to quit their job or anything, but make a statement for us Black people out here.”
James was asked about Rice’s case after the grand jury decision and admitted he wasn’t particularly informed about the facts and didn’t feel comfortable commenting directly. Instead, he spoke about the need to deal with gun violence.
“The issue is bigger than me,” James said. “It’s about everyone. And gun violence and tragedies and kids losing lives at a young age, some way, somehow, we need to understand that that matters more than just an individual.”
While celebrities don’t have to speak out on every single social issue, having someone as influential as LeBron James weigh in on one of his city’s most tenuous issues would be major.