White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jared Kusher took a dig at striking NBA players who sat out Wednesday’s games in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake and continued inaction against racial injustice.
“I think the NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said Thursday in an interview with CNBC. “So they have that luxury, which is great. Look, I think with the NBA, there’s a lot of activism and I think they’ve put a lot of slogans out.”
Later, speaking with Politico, Kushner said he planned to reach out to LeBron James, who has been vocal about the Blake shooting on social media.
“F— THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” James tweeted in support of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday afternoon. Later that evening, his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, voted to cancel the remainder of the postseason, according to The Athletic. However, NBA players voted Thursday to resume playing as soon as Friday.
“We’re happy to talk to him and say, ‘look, let’s agree on what we both want to accomplish and come up with a common pathway to get there,’” Kushner told Politico.
It’s unclear if James would take that call. The Akron native has been critical of President Donald Trump and recently launched More Than a Vote, a voting rights group aimed at getting more Black people to the polls in November.
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