LeBron Shockingly Sits Out On U.S. Anthem

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(FixThisNation.com) – LeBron James, the renowned player of the Los Angeles Lakers, recently drew criticism for his actions during a visit to the Galen Center. He was there to watch his son Bronny’s first college game, an event that followed Bronny’s recovery from a cardiac arrest earlier in the summer.

The incident was captured in a video posted by Luca Evans, a reporter from the Orange County Register. In the video, LeBron is seen entering the arena with his younger son Bryce and two teammates from Sierra Canyon High School. The timing of their entrance coincided with the playing of the national anthem, which became the focus of the controversy.

Viewers of the video noted that LeBron took his seat while “The Star-Spangled Banner” was playing and did not remove his hat, a common gesture of respect during the anthem. He only stood towards the end of the anthem.

This behavior led to immediate criticism online, with some accusing LeBron of showing “zero respect” for the United States and even hating the country for not standing during the anthem.

However, the reporter who filmed the video, Luca Evans, responded to the criticism, clarifying the context. He explained that LeBron’s timing for entering the arena has been consistent over the years during Bronny’s time at Sierra Canyon. This strategy is intended to minimize disruption and attention, that inevitably follows LeBron’s presence.

LeBron James has been known for his political and social activism, especially highlighted in 2020. During that year, he and other NBA players knelt during the national anthem and wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts. This was in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake and the death of George Floyd, events that heavily influenced the NBA community.

At that time, LeBron expressed his hope that their actions made Colin Kaepernick proud. Kaepernick was a trailblazer in using kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest against social injustice. LeBron praised Kaepernick for standing up during uncomfortable times and emphasized that Kaepernick’s protests were never about the flag or the military.

Since 2020, there have been no reports of LeBron kneeling during the national anthem. His actions at the Galen Center, according to Evans, were in line with his usual practice to avoid causing a disturbance at his son’s games.

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