Sports pundit Clay Travis ripped into Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James for his comments on race in America.
The NBA superstar recently told the media, “Being black in America is tough,” after a racial slur was spray painted on the front gate of his Los Angeles mansion.
He also compared the vandalism of his property to the murder of Emmett Till.
“And I think back to Emmett Till’s mom, actually. That’s one of the first things I thought of. The reason she had an open casket was that she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime, and being black in America,” the three-time NBA champion claimed.
Travis was not impressed with his comments or comparisons to Till’s death, and responded on his site Outkick The Coverage with a piece titled, “LeBron Praised For Being Eloquent, Isn’t Eloquent.”
He wrote in part:
Are you kidding me?
In case you aren’t a student of history, Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The two white men tried for his murder were acquitted of the crime by an all white jury. No one was ever brought to justice for the murder of this innocent 14 year old.
It’s one of the ugliest stories in American judicial history.
And one of the first things LeBron thought of when he heard that someone wrote a racial slur on the gate of his multi-million dollar second or third mansion was Emmett Till’s open casket? And somehow I’m going to be the only person in media you hear pointing out how patently absurd this is. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here.
Travis has waded into the race issues before, and has argued in the past nobody saves more black lives than the police.
As for LeBron, he will play in game one of the NBA Finals tonight against the Golden State Warriors.