The movement was in response to the announcement from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty that a grand jury had decided not to indict the officers involved in the deadly shooting of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice.
Led by writer Tariq Touré, protestors have taken to twitter to request that the NBA star refuse to play in upcoming games until the DOJ — independently investigating, spokespersons have said — "imprisions the murderers of Tamir Rice".
It's more than a game and you know it. @KingJames #NoJusticeNoLebron for #TamirRice pic.twitter.com/usob6WvQJu— TariqTouré (@TariqToure) December 29, 2015
James is no rookie to activism. Last year, he and his teammates donned black T-shirts with the words "I Can't Breathe" lettered in white across the front. That gesture was in support of the family of Eric Garner, a black male killed by police in New York City months before.
.@KingJames Take a stand Lebron. You have the opportunity to use your status to make a real difference. #NoJusticeNoLebron #TamirRice— D (@Delo_Taylor) December 29, 2015
However, the movement has not been fully unified as some see the demand as too "big of a burden to place on one individual."
@KingJames made a statement about #EricGarner with #ICantBreathe Will he walk off the court for #TamirRice? #NoJusticeNoLebron— Benjamin YoungSavage (@benjancewicz) December 29, 2015
I understand people want LBJ to stand up, but I don't agree w/#NoJusticeNoLebron. He's done A TON for Cleveland, ALWAYS speaks out, & leads— Wes Bellamy, M.Ed (@WesBellamy) December 29, 2015
And how unfair is it to place that kind of burden on one person? Playing activist w/ someone else's wallet isn't cool. #NoJusticeNoLebron— Brian Bush (@BrianCBush) December 29, 2015
To everyone on the #NoJusticeNoLebron hashtag. You do realize he has a contractual obligation to play? Spectators should boycott the games.— Tope Oyerinde (@topeoyerinde) December 29, 2015