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His remarks came in an interview with ESPN radio's Colin Cowherd, who asked several questions about politics in sports, starting off with a reference to Cavaliers forward LeBron James' decision to help promote healthcare.gov, the website where people can sign up for insurance through the federal government's marketplace established under Obama's landmark healthcare law.
James also made news this week for wearing a T-shirt during pregame warm-ups reading "I Can't Breathe," a reference to the dying words of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who was put in a deadly choke hold by a police officer trying to take him into custody. Garner's death and a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer stoked the tensions that had emerged in recent months after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
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Still, he acknowledged, he spends "most of my time" watching ESPN as he gets ready in the morning and doesn't want to be "inundated by chatter about politics."