Barack Obama Says He’s ‘Proud’ of NBA’s ‘Social Justice’ Work

Following the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA title tonight, former President Barack Obama tweeted out congratulations to them and to the Seattle Storm, who won the WNBA title on Tuesday.

He also said that he was “Proud of all the NBA and WNBA teams and players who’ve been using their platforms to take a stand for racial justice and encourage civic participation this season.”

As The Hill reported, the NBA and WNBA had made the Black Lives Matter movement a center message this year in the wake of protests this summer over the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans who died in police custody.

Sports reporter Darren Rovell tweeted out after the win about LeBron James, the finals MVP and arguably the leader of the social justice movement within the league.

“He did it for Kobe. For social justice. For voter registration. For LA. For Akron. And his platform has never been bigger. The presidential election is in three weeks,” Rovell said.

Conservative sports reporter Clay Travis retweeted his tweet, adding, “And most of all: HE DID IT FOR CHINA!”