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LeBron James Unhappy With Media Over Handling Of Jerry Jones Photo

Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones

LeBron James turned the press conference on the media after the Los Angeles Lakers' 128-109 victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday.

When he finished answering questions, James asked the room why no one had any inquiries about a recently surfaced photo of Jerry Jones.

The photo shows the Dallas Cowboys owner, at age 14, in a crowd of white students attempting to block six Black students from entering the doors of North Little Rock High School on Sept. 9, 1957, three years after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against racial segregation in public schools.

"I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo, but when the Kyrie thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that,” LeBron said.

The Brooklyn Nets suspended Kyrie Irving for at least five games without pay on Nov. 3 after promoting an antisemitic film on his social media and refusing to denounce antisemitic beliefs. While the news was trending, reporters continuously asked LeBron about it.

After LeBron started talking to the media, a reporter jumped in to try and ask a question about Jerry Jones, but he refused.

“Hold on, hold on,” James continued. “I don’t even want you guys to say nothing. When I watched Kyrie talk and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things that we’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people have been through in America. I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, as someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage, it’s on the bottom ticker, it’s asked about every single day. But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo — and I know it was years ago, we all make mistakes, I get it — but it seems like it’s just been buried under like, ‘Oh, it happened. OK, we just move on.’ I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”

LeBron then walked off the stage in a calm and disappointed manner. 

The media gets another chance to talk to LeBron when the Lakers play the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.