LeBron James was part of a transcendent moment in American sports Wednesday.
His Los Angeles Lakers, after learning that the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic wouldnt be playing their NBA playoff game that afternoon, canceled LA's game with the Portland Trail Blazers as the country mourned the death of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times during an altercation with police officers in Kenosha, Wis. on Sunday.
In all, three NBA games were postponed along with others in the WNBA, MLB and MLS. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who hasnt played in the NFL since Jan. 1, 2017 after choosing to kneel for the national anthem during the 2016 season, sent a personalized message to James inside the NBA bubble, thanking him for stepping up and supporting the cause.
"Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true," Kaepernick's message said.
James initially was reported to have been the catalyst for the boycott, as it was widely circulated Wednesday night that during a meeting among all the players in the NBA bubble, James had led the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers to walk out of the meeting after the two clubs voted not to play the remainder of the postseason.
Those accounts almost all have been disputed by players in the room, and all of the teams remaining in the NBA playoffs elected to continue the postseason schedule beginning Saturday, after the league and the NBA Players Association agreed on several social justice initiatives.
Nevertheless, James received widespread praise for the decision to temporarily postpone the playoffs, despite his previous stances on other international social justice issues.
Kaepernick wanted to make sure he showed his appreciation for James, just as James did a few weeks ago from Orlando.