LeBron James Speaks on Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Shootings: “I Shed Multiple Tears”

Over the last 48 hours, there have been quite a few celebrities who have issued statements on the shootings involving Alton Sterling andPhilando Castile, two black men who were killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. and Falcon Heights, Minn. Drake, Kanye West, and Game responded to Sterling’s senseless killing by posting social media messages on Wednesday, while Meek Mill, John Legend, T.I. and morespoke up after Castile was killed and posted messages on Thursday. Beyoncé also released a lengthy statement on her website, and Jay Zshared a new protest song called “Spiritual.”

Late Thursday night, LeBron James decided to put out a statement of his own. LeBron—who has been vocal with regards to social issues on several occasions in the past—sent out a tweet that included a link to aTime article about Castile. In his tweet, he said the article “sickens” him, and he revealed that he has “shed multiple tears” about the Sterling and Castile shootings. He added the hashtags #ItNeedsToStop and #BlackLivesMatter at the end of his tweet:

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LeBron also sent out tweets with the hashtags #PhilandoCastile and #AltonSterling:

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And several hours later, after five police officers were killed and six other police officers and a civilian were wounded during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, LeBron sent out another tweet condemning the violence:

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LeBron is obviously not the only pro athlete who has spoken up about the shootings, either. Others, including, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Serena Williams, and Le’Veon Bell, have, too. Here are some of the social media messages they have sent out over the last two days:
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