Kings Join NBA Stars in Call for Change
NBA superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul opened the 2016 ESPY Awards on Wednesday evening with a message to fellow athletes and viewers watching around the world.
“The four of us are talking to our fellow athletes with the country watching because we cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America,” Anthony said in his opening remarks. “The events of the past week have put a spotlight on the injustice and distrust and anger that plagues so many of us. The system is broken.”
The message comes after a series of tragedies that've occurred in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas. The players urged their fellow athletes to help inspire positive change in society.
"We stand here tonight accepting our role in uniting communities, to be the change we need to see," Paul added.
“Enough is enough," continued Wade . "Now, as athletes, it's on us to challenge each other to do even more than what we already do in our own communities. The conversation cannot stop because our schedules get busy again. It won’t always be convenient, it won't. It won't always be comfortable, but it is necessary."
The Kings are committed to making a positive impact locally and globally, with numerous societal initiatives, including participation in LGBTQ Pride events, a focus on sustainability, mentoring and education programs, to name a few.
After the All-Stars opened the show, Ranadivé echoed the organization’s support.
On behalf of the @SacramentoKings, we stand w/ LeBron, Melo, D-Wade & CP3. We're committed to being the change we want to see in the world.
— Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek) July 14, 2016
James concluded by asking his fellow athletes to use this pivotal time as a springboard.
"Let’s use this moment as a call to action for all professional atheletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence, and renounce all violence."