ESPN’s Freddie Coleman, Bomani Jones to White Athletes, Owners: Speak Out on Black Lives Matter

On Thursday’s broadcast of “First Take” on ESPN2, guest hosts Freddie Coleman and Bomani Jones reacted to Wednesday’s “ESPY Awards” opening where four NBA stars called for a change in police violence. Coleman and Jones both acknowledged that it was good of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to give a pro-Black Lives Matter message on such a big stage, but the ESPN personalities both said team owners should also speak out on such issues, although Coleman admitted the white owners are likely glad they do not have to. “The call of action to the athletes is cool because the athletes are the most visible,” Jones stated. “But, in terms of the grand power scheme and who can actually make things change? The people that cut their checks. What are you going to do to resolve this? Because this idea that black people are supposed to fix the race relations problem in America is absolutely ridiculous because I don’t think anybody can make the argument that black people started it. So, ask athletes what they can do to bring more attention to this issues, certainly, but you’ve got to ask your bosses what attention they’ll give to the issues, too, because