Josh M. Pennsylvania

"I Can't Breathe" Shirts

NBA Players Against Police Brutality

Dear Future President,

Over time police brutality has become a bigger and bigger problem in America. In 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers all-stars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James took a stand wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts as African American Eric Garner’s last words as he was beaten to death by police. Both Irving and James are taking a stand this rallied many other people to put their word out there. As Kyrie Irving believed it what smart to not care what others think and do what he believes in by wearing the shirt. “Obviously everyone has their own emotions toward this and what’s going on, that’s all that matters. It’s just personal.” Irving stated. Following this statement more athletes followed wearing the shirt pre-game. This has helped me be more aware of the problems in America today.

LeBron James Cavaliers superstar and four time MVP stated “As a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another no matter what race you are.” James did not want to get into details with the specific incident that happened to Eric Garner, he just wants everybody around him to know that change is needed. Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, respected the decisions of the players to wear the shirts as a protest showing we need change. You as the president have the power to change this.

As James and Irving continued to wear the shirts former MVP Derrick Rose wore the shirt as well as five Brooklyn Nets players. As two of the biggest faces in the NBA wore the shirt more and more continued. A similar situation in 2014 happened when former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught saying racist comments. The team the following game refused to show “Clippers” on their shirts or jerseys, instead they wore their shirts inside out and “Los Angeles” jerseys instead of their usual “Clippers” jerseys. NBA Players have taken a stand that has been spread through the whole country. This represents how us fans feel. As president you need to make a change to help in this important matter.


Josh M