Ever since Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in 2012, LeBron James has risen to the forefront of social justice initiatives by professional athletes.

His voice has become so prominent that he is often compared to socially aware athletes of yesteryear, such as Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. LBJ reportedly played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between league officials and NBA players during the NBA’s 2020 “Bubble Season,” in which the league continued to play out the remainder of the season, all while raising awareness about social injustice to a national television audience. Some people might consider LBJ a national treasure, but in the wake of Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia, his name is being brought up in a different light.