Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera offered some fashion advice to LeBron James on Wednesday night over the basketball star’s decision to wear a T-shirt that read “I Can’t Breathe” during pre-game warm ups.
Instead, according to Rivera, the Cleveland Cavaliers player should have worn a shirt that read “Be a Better Father.”
The correspondent’s comments were made during a Wednesday appearance on the Fox News show “Hannity.”
“I wondered to myself, what if LeBron James instead had a shirt, ‘Be a better father to your dad’ — I mean, ‘Be a better father to your son,’ ‘Raise your children,'” Rivera said. “Those difficult issues are not being dealt with by the black community because they are so complex, they are so deep-rooted, they are really so profoundly troubling that they don’t want to try.”
“And it is a victimization mentality that says we can only motivate, when we are the victims,” Rivera continued. “It goes in keeping with everything that’s happened to the black community and the generations preceding. It’s easy to demonstrate and be outraged when we are the victims. ‘Look what they are doing to us rather than what we are doing to ourselves.’ There is a kind of urban suicide happening here that has to be dealt with.”
The shirt, worn by James and other NBA players, was a show of support for Eric Garner, a black man who died after being put into a chokehold by a white New York police officer. The t-shirt’s slogan referenced Garner’s final words as he struggled to breathe, a phrase that has become the mantra of those protesting the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Garner.
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