LeBron James spoke out on Tuesday about the disturbing violence in Ferguson, Missouri, where the public are responding to the decision to clear the police officer that shot dead Michael Brown in August.
The incident has been one of the most highly debated topics across the country over the past few months, with many feeling that the police officer concerned has a case to answer for.
In a similar ruling to the one that cleared George Zimmerman of killing Trayvon Martin, police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for killing Mike Brown in broad daylight.
Not the right response
In response, more than 80 people were arrested in St Louis and Ferguson as locals responded angrily to the verdict by setting alight to more than a dozen buildings. But despite the widespread condemnation at the verdict, NBA superstar LeBron James says violence is not the answer.
"That's not the answer," James said Tuesday on reports of rioting in Ferguson. "What does that do? What does that actually do?
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"And saying, 'Things are going to be great.' You know, 'Mike Brown is in a better place now,' and 'Trayvon Martin is in a better place now.' That's where it should be. I mean, burning down things and shooting up things and running cars into places and stealing and stuff like that, what does that do? It doesn't make you happy."
LeBron added that the violence on the streets only highlights the negatives and hurts the very families that have been devastated by the death of Michael Brown.
"[The violence] It just hurts more families, hurts more people, draws more attention to things that shouldn't even be going on instead of people going to the family's household and praying with them."