“I think the NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially. So, they have that luxury, which is great,” said Kushner whose family wealth has been estimated at well over $1.5bn.
He added: “With the NBA, there’s a lot of activism and I think that they put a lot of slogans out, but I think that we need to turn that from slogans and signals to actual action that’s gonna solve the problem.”
Kushner also told Politico that he planned to reach out to LeBron James to discuss the NBA protests. “I think that it’s nice that they’re standing up for the issue, but I’d like to see them start moving into concrete solutions that are productive,” he said.
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Twitter was in an uproar at this suggestion, saying that not only was Lebron James doing important anti-racism work but that he should not give Kushner the time of day – considering the Trump advisor's own track record.
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Others still were in disbelief that Kushner had completely discounted James’s anti-racism and social justice work, like opening a public school for under-privileged children in his home town of Akron, Ohio.