Fact Check: Morphed Picture Of LeBron James Wearing ‘WE DIE, y’all silent’ T-Shirt Viral On Social Media

A picture of renowned basketball player LeBron James sporting a T-Shirt with a quote on it is being shared widely on social media.

The picture is being shared as part of the Black Lives Matter Protest against police brutality after an African-American man Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota in the United States on April 11. According to the police, it was an accidental discharge as the officer mistook her gun for a Taser.

“WE MARCH, y’all mad. WE SIT DOWN, y’all mad. WE SPEAK UP, y’all mad. WE DIE, y’all silent,” the quote on his t-shirt read.

Here’s the link to the above post.

The posts can be seen here, here, here, here and here.

Earlier, the same picture was circulated in solidarity with George Floyd who died in May 2020 after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a police officer in Minneapolis. This had sparked huge global outrage.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the picture and found it to be morphed.

A simple Reverse Image Search on the picture led us to an article by New York Post from 2020 featuring the original picture.

In the original picture, accredited to Getty Images, we can see the text ‘I can’t Breathe’ on the T-Shirt.

We searched and found the original image on Getty Images. According to the picture description, the image was taken in 2014 when LeBron James wore the T-Shirt to honour Eric Garner.

Eric Garner died in 2014 after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold. In a video filmed by a bystander, he can be heard gasping ‘I can’t breathe’. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The description of the picture read: December 8, 2014: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) wears a t shirt to honor Eric Garner during warmups before a NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 110-88. (Photo by Rich Kane/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LeBron James, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, has been an active voice in the protest against racial divide in the US and has always voiced his opinion on such matters. The reports can be seen here and here.

Hence, from the above fact check, we can say that the picture in circulation is morphed.

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