The United States of America has been on edge in recent days following the murder of five Dallas police officers during a peaceful protest against the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota by cops in the preceding days.
Social media has been awash with sports star voicing their opinions after a three-day period that shook the nation to its core.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James took to Twitter to express his dismay at the recent events while Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks posted an incredibly passionate message on Instagram.
Social media gives a voice to people from all walks of life, and in the political cauldron that is the United States everybody has their opinion, and it causes a lot of tension.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh tweeted what appeared to be a threat against Barack Obama on Friday and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker took exception to those words.
Walsh claimed that 'Preal America' was 'coming for' the president of the United States and the 'Black Lives Matter' campaigners. To which Parker responded '@WalshFreedom You ain't landing a single finger on @BarackObama. No body is. Chicago and myself going to make sure of that.'
He went on to say that he was not a man of violence and believed people needed to take the 'higher road'.
America is in turmoil right now and sports stars have the ability to empower and inspire people with their words. It is a huge responsibility.