first_imgLeBron James Support The Guardian LeBron James has praised his former teammate Kyle Korver for an essay he published on the subject of white privilege.The veteran Utah Jazz player, who was a teammate of James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, wrote an article for the Players’ Tribune after reflecting on two incidents in recent years. His friend and teammate Thabo Sefolosha had his leg broken during an arrest outside a nightclub in 2015, and was later found not guilty of any crime. This year Russell Westbrook was the subject of racist invective from a fan at a Jazz game – the fan was later banned by Utah for life. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “And I believe it’s the responsibility of anyone on the privileged end of those inequalities to help make things right. So if you don’t want to know anything about me, outside of basketball, then listen — I get it. But if you do want to know something? Know I believe that.”James welcomed the article on Twitter. “Salute my brother!! Means a lot,” he wrote. “And like you said I hope people listen, just open your ears and listen.” Korver’s Utah teammate, Donovan Mitchell, also gave his thoughts. “This is amazing!! I’m honored to have you as my teammate and my brother!! Folks please read and inform yourselves,” wrote Mitchell on Twitter. Utah Jazz “What I’m realizing is, no matter how passionately I commit to being an ally, and no matter how unwavering my support is for NBA and WNBA players of color … I’m still in this conversation from the privileged perspective of opting in to it,” he wrote. “Which of course means that on the flip side, I could just as easily opt out of it. Every day, I’m given that choice – I’m granted that privilege – based on the color of my skin.”Korver said that in a league that is 75% black, he is often seen as a symbol for some white fans – and suggests he is uncomfortable with that tag. “I know I’m in a strange position, as one of the more recognized white players in the NBA. It’s a position that comes with a lot of … interesting undertones,” he wrote. “This feels like a moment to draw a line in the sand. I believe that what’s happening to people of color in this country – right now, in 2019 – is wrong.“The fact that black Americans are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black Americans are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black unemployment rates nationally are double that of overall unemployment rates is wrong. The fact that black imprisonment rates for drug charges are almost six times higher nationally than white imprisonment rates for drug charges is wrong. The fact that black Americans own approximately one-tenth of the wealth that white Americans own is wrong. Share on Pinterest US sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Etan Thomas Share on Facebook Since you’re here…center_img The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening … and mystifying Basketball NBA When it comes to racially abusive fans, the NBA has a Utah problem news Korver, who is white, said he was “embarrassed” by his reaction to both incidents. He initially wondered why Sefolosha was at a nightclub during the season, and partly attributed the abuse of Westbrook to the player’s fiery nature.The 38-year-old said that, unlike Westbrook and Sefolosha, he does not need to worry he will be the victim of discrimination. Share on WhatsApp Read more LeBron James (@KingJames)Salute my brother!! Means a lot. And like you said I hope people listen, just open your ears and listen. 🙏🏾‼️‼️ 8, 2019 Topics Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img