LeBron Says He’s Not ‘on Top of’ the Tamir Rice Case, but He Spoke About Tamir and Toy Guns Months Ago

The basketball superstar didn’t address calls for him to boycott his NBA games to protest the lack of indictments in the Tamir Rice case.

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After a basketball game Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James talked about how his press people had given him a heads-up that he might get a few questions about the Tamir Rice case, ESPN reports.

Activists on Twitter launched the #NoJusticeNoLeBron hashtag to encourage James to boycott his NBA games until a federal prosecutor indicts the police officer who shot and killed the 12-year-old, since an Ohio grand jury did not. 

James told a reporter that he wasn’t up to speed on the case. “For me, I’ve always been a guy who’s took pride in knowledge of every situation that I’ve ever spoke on. And to be honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue. So it’s hard for me to comment,” he said.

That’s odd, because in February, during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, James weighed in extensively on the case, saying that he and his wife had the conversation with their young sons about toy guns. James said that his sons are not allowed to take their toy guns out of the house.

“I have those conversations with my boys. They have tons of play guns. None of them look real. We have Nerf guns that are lime green and purple and yellow. But I don’t even let them take them out of the house,” James said.

That clearly touches on the idea that continues to haunt black parents: that their children—especially their boys—have to live by a different set of rules than white children because of how they’re perceived.

The only thing that has changed in the Tamir Rice case since that interview is that a grand jury decided that the officer who killed the 12-year-old would not be indicted. So I’m not sure what new information James feels he needs to know in order to weigh in on the lack of indictments in the case, or calls for him to boycott NBA games.

But to be fair, if James said that he wouldn’t boycott, that might appear insensitive. And he probably hasn’t weighed the pros and cons of the boycott idea. Heck, black Twitter hasn’t even reached a consensus on whether a boycott would do any good.

James said that his not being on social media prevents him from commenting any further.