Like most of us, Samaria Rice is still reeling from a Cleveland grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the November 2014 fatal shooting of her 12-year-old son Tamir. While many have called for boycotts, particularly by the city’s professional athletes, Rice would like Cleveland’s highest profile celeb speak out about her son.

When asked about the calls for Cleveland Cavs star LeBron James to sit out a game in protest over the non-indictment, Rice told NewsOne Now she wished the NBA star did a little more to raise awareness about her son’s tragic death.

“I think it’s quite sad that LeBron hasn’t spoken out about my son,” Rice said. “I’m not asking him to sit out a game. I know his kids got to eat, too. But you can at least put on a shirt or something…I’m not asking nobody to quit their job or anything, but make a statement for us Black people out here.”

James was asked about Rice’s case after the grand jury decision and admitted he wasn’t particularly informed about the facts and didn’t feel comfortable commenting directly. Instead, he spoke about the need to deal with gun violence.

“The issue is bigger than me,” James said. “It’s about everyone. And gun violence and tragedies and kids losing lives at a young age, some way, somehow, we need to understand that that matters more than just an individual.”

While celebrities don’t have to speak out on every single social issue, having someone as influential as LeBron James weigh in on one of his city’s most tenuous issues would be major.

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  • TastyTaco

    It is not his place. SHE is the mother. SHE should yell justice from the mountain tops. Did she buy a ticket to any of his games or know his stats, but he should speak on her child? What if his opinion opposes hers and works against her interests? Then what? He should ” wear a shirt”??? She shouldn’t take the focus off the injustice against her son and put attention on an athlete. Put attention on those guys in the streets who have real guns, illegally. Put it on police brutality. Where are people’s priorities? Geez. This Instagram society we live in with hash tag activism, “wear a t-shirt,” smh. Ask Michael Jordan to wear a shirt, Lebron did that enough. Black people have been supporting Jordan for years. Even slaying each over his sneakers.

    • BlackGlamour

      agreed; she needs to USE this exposure and PUSH for the citizens of Cleveland to get out and vote in non-presidential elections, remove that scummy prosecutor/mayor/police chief by turning out and voting them all out!! it’s that simple. . . .

    • Reina Benoir

      She has been yelling for justice but let’s be real between her and Mr. James which one is going to have the higher exposure?

      Lebron is lying if he’s saying he doesn’t know enough about this case, not only is it in his backyard but this case has been fairly publicized. That video has been all over the place as has the DA’s lack of interest in doing his MF job.

  • B Cooper

    It is not going to matter WHAT LeBron James says… the system does not and was not designed to work on behalf of the black community, children included!

  • Zorino

    It’d be good if Lebron did but he has no legal obligation to do so. The guy is an athlete, dammit. We shouldn’t always expect athletes, entertainers to speak on important issues such as police brutality. Everybody’s not Mohammed Ali.