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LeBron James Makes A Statement During Game (Photo)

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Basketball player LeBron James made a social justice statement with his footwear during an NBA game on Dec. 17.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star wore one black and one white shoe, each etched with the word "equality" in gold block letters while playing against the Washington Wizards, about a mile from the White House, Fox News reports.

After the game, James spoke about the importance of "having equal rights and being able to stand for something and speak for something and keeping the conversation going."

"Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men and as women, black or white or Hispanic," he added. "It doesn’t matter your race."

The star also made a reference to President Donald Trump.

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"Obviously, we know where we are right now," James began. "And we know who's at the helm here."

"I’ve been very outspoken and well-spoken about the situation that’s going on at the helm here," he added. "This is a beautiful country and we're never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are."

James admitted he did not wear the black and white shoes during the entire Dec. 17 game. At halftime, he changed into other basketball shoes.

"I didn’t play well in the first half, and I’m very superstitious, so I took 'em off," James explained, before joking: "I didn’t play well in the second half, either, so if there was a third half, I would have took those off."

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James has publicly blasted Trump many times in the past.

The athlete also donned a pair of black shoes reading "equality" for Cleveland’s first regular-season game, criticizing Trump afterward.

"I just wanted to keep the conversation going," James said at the time, The Washington Post reports. "We know what we’re going through."

"He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United State for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement," the star added. "He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything."

James also called the president a "bum" after he withdrew the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry's invitation to the White House.

James lashed out against the commander in chief after August's Unite The Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which turned deadly when white nationalist protesters clashed with counter-protesters over the removal of a statue celebrating a Confederate Civil War general.

"Hate has always existed in America," he tweeted at the time. "Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now."

Sources: Fox News, LeBron James/Twitter, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Keith Allison/Flickr  / Embedded Images: Brad Mills- USA Today Sports via Reuters, Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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