Oscar Robertson Asks ‘Where Are The White Athletes’ When Injustices Are Happening?
Basketball legend Oscar Robertson was honored at Monday night’s NBA Awards, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and he used his platform to praise players for their social activism.
The 79-year-old was excited to see players like LeBron James take a stance on societal issues, but he also called on Caucasian athletes to do the same thing, according to ESPN.
“(Professional athletes have) seen some injustice in the streets or wherever it might be, it might be almost anywhere, and they’re stepping up,” Robertson told reporters, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “But the only thing that really bothers me is, where are the white athletes when this is happening? This is not a black athlete problem. You see injustice in the world. It’s all around you.”
Robertson added that injustices in the world weren’t just a “black athlete problem” and that there appears to be a “system where you don’t want players to say anything at all.”
“But now I hope they all, the whites and the blacks get together. Even with the football. What do you think is going to happen when the union gets involved with the owners?” he said.
“Years ago, (athletes) didn’t say anything because they couldn’t say anything,” he said. “But now I hope they all, the whites and the blacks get together. Even with the football. What do you think is going to happen when the union gets involved with the owners? You think it’s going to be settled really easily? No, it’s not. It’s going to be nothing but a total mess.”