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LeBron James promotes 'Equality' message with D.C. sneaker choice

WASHINGTON -- The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played at Capital One Arena, LeBron James left a lasting impression by scoring 57 points against the Washington Wizards. On Sunday, James made an impression as soon as he stepped on the floor.

James wore one black sneaker and one white sneaker, with both featuring the word "EQUALITY" stitched in gold across the back of the shoe, in an apparent ode to racial harmony.

LeBron James debuted the black-and-white version of his "EQUALITY" sneakers Sunday night as the Cavaliers took on the Wizards in Washington, D.C. Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images
The look was hard to miss, with James and the Cavs wearing all-white uniforms that contrasted with the Wizards' navy blue uniforms.

James later changed his sneakers at halftime, as he sometimes does. He finished with a third straight triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists) as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 106-99.

James wore an all-black pair of the same sneakers -- the LeBron 15 Equality PE -- on opening night against the Boston Celtics. That was his response to the backlash NFL players were receiving from President Donald Trump for their peaceful pregame protests calling attention to racial injustice in the United States.

"I just wanted to keep the conversation going," James told ESPN of his shoe choice at the time. "We know what we're going through. We know what we went through as a nation, as a world. So I had an opportunity to use a platform for the greater good and keep the conversation going. Why not?"

Sunday was the third of three trips the Cavs will make to the nation's capital this season -- one in the preseason, two in the regular season -- and Cleveland could play Washington in the playoffs.

Author: Dave McMenamin, ESPN
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