‘Bigger than me’ — LeBron explains silence on Tamir Rice

UPDATE (Wednesday, 5 a.m. ET): According to reports, LeBron James spoke for the first time since Monday’s announcement that there would be no indictment in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and the subsequent calls for James to sit out games as a protest against the grand jury’s decision.

According to ESPN, James said he did not comment sooner on the case because he did not know enough of the details to feel confident to comment. But after the push for him to protest, he spoke Tuesday night after the Cavaliers’ 93-87 win at Denver:

He then added:

You can read more of James’ comments here.

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Original story

In the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a movement has started calling on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to sit out NBA games to draw attention to the controversy.

The hashtag #NoJusticeNoLeBron has emerged as a response to the grand jury’s decision.

James, who showed solidarity last season with those calling for justice for Eric Garner by wearing a shirt that read "I can’t breathe" prior to a game, has yet to comment on the grand jury decision or the latest movement for Rice. James is not expected to miss any games, however.

Tamir Rice was shot dead by Cleveland police Nov. 22, 2014, after officers responded to a call of a young man with a weapon. The 12-year-old Rice simply had an airsoft gun.

The movement continues to gain steam on social media.

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