NBA star LeBron James used Tuesday night's Cleveland Cavaliers season opener against the Boston Celtics to protest racial injustice in America with a flashy pair of custom basketball shoes.

Sports Illustrated reported that the two-time NBA champion wore a pair of black custom Nike shoes emblazoned with the word "equality" in gold last night.


James's footwear choice comes amid a nationwide controversy between NFL players who are kneeling  during the national anthem to protest police violence and President Trump, who has called those who don't stand for the anthem disrespectful and urged team owners to fire them.

James took more specific shots at Trump during the Cavaliers' media day last month.

"I will in my voice, I will in my passion, I will in my money, I will in my resources to my youth and my inner city and outside my inner city to let these kids know that there is hope, there is greater walks of life, and not one individual, no matter if it's the president of the United States ... can stop your dreams from becoming a reality," James said.

On Tuesday, James and the rest of his team locked arms during the national anthem in a show of solidarity with the NFL protesters. The NBA has a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem, which commissioner Adam Silver said in September would remain in place.

"We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem," Silver said. "It's been our rule as long as I've been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem."