Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality CEO available to discuss vandalism of LeBron James’ home

May. 31, 2017

Jocelyn Benson, CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), released the following statement about LeBron James’ home in Los Angeles being vandalized with a racial slur this morning:

“No matter what form these incidents take, they are always disturbing. In December, Nikita Whitlock, then a player with the New York Giants, came home to find his walls vandalized with swastikas and racial epithets. Earlier this month, fans at Boston’s Fenway Park hurled racial insults at Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. And this morning, a racial slur was spray painted at the Los Angeles home of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. All of these incidents, in different parts of the country and involving different sports, are continued proof that the work being done to promote understanding and equality is so important today.”

Founded in 2015 by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Led by an unprecedented alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals, RISE uses sports to promote understanding, respect and equality.

Jocelyn Benson is available to speak with the media regarding this morning’s vandalism of LeBron James’ Los Angeles home. To arrange for an interview with Benson, contact Shawn Starkey at (810) 434-1301.