Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, a husband, and father of three children wore an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt during warmups before a Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Brooklyn Nets in support of the family of Eric Garner. An NYPD officer was not indicted for his choking to death of Garner despite his pleas for oxygen. James was clear in his intent for wearing the shirt:
“It was a message to the family that I’m sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife and that’s what it’s about,” James said after the Cavs beat the Nets with Prince William and Princess Kate in attendance. “I think everybody gets caught up in everything else besides who’s really feeling it, and that’s the family.”
However, Fox News Analyst Geraldo Rivera thought LeBron James should have used the opportunity to address the issue of parenting in the Black community, something which he believes is “not being dealt with” because the issue is “so complex.” Rivera suggested James should have worn a “Raise Your Children,” shirt instead.
Geraldo must have missed LeBron’s in-depth interview on rival CNN with Rachel Nichols about his fatherhood and responsibility as a role model:
“I left it as simple as this: ‘Never put your hand on a woman. Never put your hand on a classmate that’s a female. It’s not allowed, it’s not condoned in this house, and it shouldn’t be condoned in this world. And your dad would never put his hand on your mother.’”
Rivera also overlooked LeBron’s candid Instagram update about his own father:
Magic Johnson recently praised LeBron in an interview with ESPN for his assertive stance on social issues:
“But you see LeBron. LeBron is a great example of doing a wonderful job. When this first came out, when you think about everything that he stood up for — the Donald Sterling thing, when that mess happened, just now with these young people being shot down unarmed, he’s been right out front, so I’ve got to give him a lot of credit. If he’s out front being the best player, then the other guys usually follow the best guy.”
LeBron James had already addressed Black fatherhood on numerous occasions before shedding light on the Eric Garner killing. Geraldo deflected from the issue while vilifying Black people in the process. What’s startling is despite the facts, Rivera, a long-time journalist, chose to level propaganda against Black people, and boldly asserted that there isn’t even a discussion happening within its “community” about raising children.
The Fox News channel is known for chronically dismissing statistics and data before when many of their analysts wrongfully predicted a Mitt Romney victory in the 2012 Presidential Election in the face of national poll numbers which always favored President Obama.