LeBron James is more than a basketball player, and he's willing to go to great lengths to prove it.
"I want the satisfaction. Not for myself, but for everybody else. I was raised off of [rappers] Snoop [Dogg] and [Tupac] and [Jay-Z] and Biggie [Smalls], and now I get an opportunity to be the inspiration around what all of these kids are looking up to? And for me to just sit back and not say s--- when a lot of my peers didn't say s---? It didn't feel right," James said on the debut episode of HBO's "The Shop."
"At the end of the day, when I decided I was going to start speaking up and not giving a f--- about the backlash or if it affects me, my whole mindset was it's not about me," James added. "... My popularity went down. But at the end of the day, my truth to so many different kids and so many different people was broader than me personally."
LeBron James simply doesn't care about what your opinions on his words might be.
Rather, he is choosing to speak up and speak out on the issues and circumstances that are happening all around him in a world that is fractured by hate. And for those under persecution, it gives them a voice where they would otherwise have none.
So, no matter what you think of LeBron or his decisions, don't expect him to sit around when things spiral out of control.
He will not shut up and dribble.