Some of the biggest names in the NBA spoke out against gun violence, racial inequality and social injustice while delivering a passionate call-to-action.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul teamed up on Wednesday up for an emotional display of support for an issue that's been at the forefront of the public consciousness on a daily basis.
"We cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America. The events of the past week have put a spotlight on the injustice, distrust and anger that plagued so many of us. The system is broken," Anthony said. "The problems are not new. The violence is not new. And the racial divide is definitely not new. [But] the urgency to change is at an all-time high."
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"The racial profiling has to stop. The shoot-to-kill mentality has to stop. But also, the retaliation has to stop. The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas and Orlando — it has to stop," Wade said. "Enough is enough."
James spoke next, compelling Americans to "look in the mirror and ask ourselves: What are we doing to create change?"
"Let's use this moment as a call to action," James added. "We all have to do better."
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The powerful moment came at the opening of this year's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. However, they weren't the only NBA stars to deliver a politically charged address. Steph Curry addressed the house later in the evening with an impassioned speech against gun violence.
"In an average year in America, more than 33,000 die after getting shot by a gun. That's about 2,700 people every month, 600 people every week, and 91 people every day," Curry explained. "Wherever you're from, whatever you think, whatever your politics are, what you can't forget is every one of those people who dies has a story."
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Curry's delivered the speech while presenting the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, which honored Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old boy who died in December 2015, when he used his body to shield three school girls from gunfire, saving their lives at the expense of his own.
"In a split second, because of his incredible courage, he became part of one of the saddest statistics in America," Curry said. The award was accepted on Dobson's behalf by his family.
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