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LeBron wears 'I Can't Breathe' shirt before Cavaliers match

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Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James has taken an active role in yet another player protest in the NBA due to his warm-up attire.

LeBron donned the 'I Can't Breathe' t-shirt along with several other players in the Cavaliers match with the Brooklyn Nets tonight.

The shirt that was worn by Chicago Bulls Guard Derrick Rose on Saturday night is a statement aimed at the recent string of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police officers.

Rumours had been that LeBron wanted to wear one ahead of the Cavaliers game with the Nets and he wasn't the only man to wear the black shirt of the movement.

Kyrie Irving, Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams were the other players on the court to wear the shirt which has become one of the most talked about issues in the NBA right now.

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LeBron was asked about his decision to wear the shirt and his answer showed how deeply the issue has hit African-Americans across the country.

"It's just for us to make a (statement) to understand what we're going through as a society," - LeBron on the 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

Despite being an issue that focuses heavily on race and the underlying issue of racism that still exists across America, LeBron claims the shirts are not about race.

"It doesn't matter what race you are. It's more of a shout out to the family more than anything, because they're the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort."

This is not the first player protest that LeBron has taken part in 2014 since he and his Miami Heat team-mates were involved in one earlier this year.

Amidst the claims of racism from former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, LeBron was one of many players across the league who warmed up for a match with their training gear inside out.

LeBron has proven before that he is a leader in the NBA before and tonight he has continued in that role show his support to the families of the victims.

Cavs keep rolling

After the initial demonstration from LeBron and the other players, the Cavaliers and the Nets took to the court with the Cavaliers looking for their seventh straight win.

Cleveland certainly got it after running out comfortable winners at the Barclays Center beating the Nets 110-88.

The Cavaliers are now tied for the second longest winning streak in the NBA right now with the Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers both on seven.

The Golden State Warriors have the longest streak on 13 but LeBron and the Cavaliers will be happy having now moved to the top of the Central division.

They now face a tough two games however as they welcome the team they beat on Friday night and who top the Eastern conference in the Toronto Raptors before having to travel to face the rejuvenated Oklahoma City Thunder.

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