Los Angeles Lakers player, LeBron James, expressed his support for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. After President Trump called for a boycott of the Ohio-based company over its policy on “Make America Great Again” and police clothing in the U.S. workplace.
James is from Akron, Ohio, the same city where Goodyear has its headquarters. In addition to the hometown connection, Goodyear has organized events for LeBron James Family Foundation and its “I Promise School” for at-risk youth in Akron.
Lakers’ LeBron James on President Trump’s call for Goodyear boycott: “I know my people of Akron and what Goodyear means to our city. One thing about us, we don’t bend, fold or break for nobody. Shout out and salute to all the workers.” pic.twitter.com/7h9MJBYoYF
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 21, 2020
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A message from Rich Kramer: By now, you are aware of a visual from our Topeka factory that has been circulating in the media. I want to personally clear the record on what you are seeing and hearing. pic.twitter.com/UqqFeFQn6t
— Goodyear (@goodyear) August 20, 2020
“We do not bend, and we do not fold, and we do not break for anyone. So I’m not worried about that,” James said to the calls for a boycott. “Not only has Goodyear been great for my-city, for the history of my town, but also for the country and what they represented. It’s an incredible, incredible brand, an incredible story. So we stand firm and always unite, especially my city. ”
Lebron James also followed up his comments with a tweet supporting Goodyear on Friday afternoon, writing that he was “so proud to call them family”.
So PROUD to call them FAMILY!!! ????? https://t.co/dtA0Yt5TI5
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 21, 2020
Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear products earlier this week after a local Kansas news station released a slide taken from a presentation at the company’s Topeka plant. The slide listed “Black Lives Matter” and “LGBT” under acceptable terms, while Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” and the police slogan “Blue Lives Matter” were listed under unacceptable conditions.
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Trump said it was “a matter for the people” to participate in a boycott.
“If they say you can’t have Blue Lives Matter, you can’t have a blue line, you can’t wear a MAGA hat, but you can have other things that are Marxist in nature, there’s something wrong with the top of Goodyear,” Trump said Wednesday at a briefing at the White House.
Goodyear tried to clarify its position in a letter from CEO Rich Kramer. The latter said the film in question “has not been approved or distributed by Goodyear Corporate or anyone outside their facility. The Goodyear tire company said its employees could “express their support for law enforcement by wearing clothing in Goodyear facilities.” Still, it was asked not to wear clothing that reflects political nature or views.
“I deeply regret the impression it has left and want to clarify Goodyear’s position,” Kramer said. “First, to be clear, Goodyear does not support any political organization, party or candidate. We have a long-standing company policy that urges employees not to use workplace terms in support of candidates or political parties.
“Second, Goodyear strongly supports our law enforcement partners and deeply appreciates everything they do to put their lives on the line every day for our communities,” Kramer added. “We are proud to have supplied tires to police and fire departments for more than 100 years, and this relationship is fundamental to our business.