SANTA MONICA, Calif. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sitting nearby and Bill Russell also in the NBA Awards program, NBA legend Oscar Robertson said he is happy to see LeBron James take an active stand on today's social problems, but called for white athletes to do the same.
Speaking to reporters after he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday in Santa Monica, Robertson spoke extensively when asked how his generation of players was involved in social activism and if he is proud to see some of today's stars and the NBA try to improve the community.
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"I think that as people evolve, and things are changing so much in the world with social networks and other things, these people are young people who have families," Robertson said. "They have seen some injustice in the streets or wherever it is, it could be almost anywhere, and they are intensifying, but the only thing that really bothers me is where the white athletes are when this is happening."
] It's not a black athlete problem, you see the injustice in the world, it's all around you, just because LeBron comes out, I'm glad you do it, I hope other players, because this is what they believe, I mean, what do you want Do the players? Shut up and dribble? I think it's time for them to say what they want to say about life and politics and things on the street and other things, and about education.
"There are many players who They donate money to different universities, but it seems that what we have today is a system in which we do not want players to say anything. "
Robertson grew up in a segregated housing project in Indianapolis and dealt with racial discrimination and economic inequality ica Robertson played in a generation when stars like Abdul-Jabbar and Russell fought for social change and spoke openly about civil rights.
"Years ago, they [athletes] did not say anything because they could not say anything," the 12-time All-Star and former JMV said.
"But now I hope everyone, the whites and the blacks get together, even with football, what do you think will happen when the union gets involved with the Owners?
" Do you think it will be resolved very easily? No, it's not. It will be nothing but a total disaster "