On the right, Aleshia Ocasio in the uniform of the Puerto Rico National Team. On the left, LeBron James, star of the Lakers. (archive)
LeBron James approves the management of the Puerto Rican softball player Aleshia Ocasio in raising awareness about social injustice and the right to vote from her small platform.
James tweeted an ESPN report that highlights the initiative of the member of the Puerto Rico National Softball Team in the Athletes Unlimited league, founded last March, to provide guidance on racial injustice after George Floyd's death at the hands of the police from Minneapolis last May.
“Being a softball player, we don't have the same audience or visibility that, for example, LeBron James or another NBA or MLB player might have. But we can change the world around us, ” said the young University of Florida graduate.
Before the expressions of the article published on Saturday morning, James took his Twitter account before the fifth game of the final of the Western Conference between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers to write to Ocasio.
“And this is part of the reason why this and other things I create for you Aleshia, to not only change the world around you, but also more of the world that perhaps you thought you could not reach” wrote James.
James and the rest of the players and coaches have used the NBA spotlight in the Walt Disney World “bubble” in Orlando to make statements at a time when demands for racial equality and an end to police brutality resonate loudly for the murders this year of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, plus the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Ocasio will have exposure on ESPN2 this weekend with the transmission of the last games of the season of Athletes Unlimited, the only active softball tournament this year after the cancellations of the Women's Collegiate World Series and the Tokyo Olympics, moved for the summer of 2021.
Ocasio works for the More Than a Vote organization, belongs to the diversity and inclusion committee in the professional league she plays, in addition to helping his fiancee, the Washington Mystics' WNBA point guard Natasha Cloud, to encourage minority voting. .
In the ESPN article, Ocasio recounts how she has been discriminated against for the color of her skin during her career as an athlete.
“No matter where I have gone, I have experienced micro-assaults. I have experienced subtle racism, I have also experienced prejudice. Yes, it is the reflection of the world and the United States and how we are as a country. We have to be, and it's something I've talked about in groups, almost immortal in order to be average. That is the problem, ”he declared.