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    Basketball Stars Open ESPYs With Statement on Racial Strife

    They stood in a long line. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul asked to open the awards show with an appeal to fellow athletes to educate themselves and get more involved in their communities, speaking out against police killings of Black men, and against retaliation and rampant violence. The four friends have long been outspoken on the issue and said they were following the tradition of Muhammad Ali and other activist athletes. Said Wade, “Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop.”

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