On Thursday’s “Around the Horn” on ESPN, Washington Post sports columnist and frequent show panelist Kevin Blackistone responded to the mother of Tamir Rice being upset that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has yet to speak out on the death of the 12-year-old boy, who was fatally shot in Cleveland by a police officer in 2014 while carrying what later turned out to be a pellet gun.
The grand jury decided not to indict the officer over the incident, finding no crime was committed by the officer because Rice was drawing the weapon from his waistband when he was gunned down. The no decision caused activists from Black Lives Matter to urge James to sit out games in protest of the decision not to indict the Cleveland police officer.
According to Blackistone, the movement to have the superstar basketball player sit out to honor Rice is a good thing because “it has kept alive the unjustice that came to Tamir Rice.”
“I think Tariq Toure is his name, who started this whole, ‘No Justice, No LeBron,’ wanted LeBron to sit out because of what happened with the no decision with Rice. You know what? The one good thing about all this is that it has kept alive the unjustice that came to Tamir Rice in that incident and that’s a good thing.’
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