During the 2016 ESPY Awards, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul opened up the show with a call to action. The NBA stars called for their fellow athletes to speak up and take stand in the wake of this month’s tragic killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
The conversation about police brutality and injustice carried on into Thursday night’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards where a number of athletes praised LeBron and company for giving a passionate speech, all while supporting the call to action.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns told HipHollywood exclusively, “For us, we have a lot of power and for people to be gathering around for something so special to their hearts just shows the unity that, in America we have no matter what race.”
Matt Barnes said, “Being a parent and role model I think it’s important because kids listen to us. Their favorite athletes, their favorite musicians, it goes a long way when we are doing the right thing and making the right movements. So I think it’s great we are using our voices in a positive manner.”
And although not an athlete, actor Kel Mitchell spoke out, revealing to us exclusively, “I think everybody is stepping up and getting out there and giving out positivity. We gotta do it with in peace, that’s what it’s all about.”
The Kids’ Choice Sports Awards airs Sunday night on Nickelodeon.