The opening at the 2016 ESPY Awards took a serious tone.
Carmelo Anthony stood alongside LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade to deliver a powerful opening that addressed the Black Lives Matter protests and police shootings.
“We cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America,” said Anthony. “The events of the past week have put a spotlight on injustice, distrust and anger that plague so many of us. The system is broken.”
"The racial profiling has to stop,” chimed in Wade. “The shoot to kill mentality has to stop. Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop. But also the retaliation has to stop. The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando—it has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough.”
The basketball stars are specifically talking about the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police as well as other acts of violence including the recent shootings in Dallas and Orlando.
“Let’s use this moment as a call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence,” pleaded James. “We all have to do better.”
See the full opening below: