LeBron James wore his political opinions on his shoes during the NBA season opener on Tuesday night.
The message was meant to show solidarity with the ongoing NFL protests against police brutality and racial injustice, which former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick began last year by taking a knee during the national anthem.
On Tuesday, both basketball teams adhered to the NBA’s strict instructions to stand during the anthem. The Cavaliers, however, opted to link arms while the Celtics bowed their heads.
Cavs link arms for the anthem, which is sung by a black Navy sailor. pic.twitter.com/1vY0AzYGBS
— Jesse Washington (@jessewashington) October 17, 2017
The subtle sneaker protest followed James calling President Donald Trump “a bum” for rescinding Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House. James’ latest demonstration occurred at the same venue where the GOP held its Republican National Convention last July and picked Trump to become the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.
Check out more photographs of James’ footwear below: