Look: Carmelo Anthony Calls on Athletes to Assemble and Force Change After Police-Related Murders

Look: Carmelo Anthony Calls on Athletes to Assemble and Force Change After Police-Related Murders

LeBron James is all in.

Published July 8th

Athletes have been speaking up about the police-related murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as the Dallas shooting spree, which left five cops dead and seven more injured Thursday night.

But it's one thing to make hashtag-laden posts on Twitter or Instagram and another thing to take action.

Carmelo Anthony wants the latter and he's calling on his fellow athletes to join in with him. On Friday, the New York Knicks' All-Star forward took to his IG account, calling for his "fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore."

Read his moving IG post in full below.

First off let me start off by saying " All Praise Due To The Most High." Secondly, I'm all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I'll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn't change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn't work. We tried that. I've tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn't work. We've all tried that. That didn't work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don't have a solution, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I'm calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

A photo posted by @carmeloanthony on

Salute to Melo for this post. 

And his peers are already buying into his blueprint for change, as his friend, LeBron James, reposted Melo's IG, adding, "on point!"

The photo Anthony used to drive home his plead derives from the iconic Muhammad Ali Summit of June 1967, when sports legends such as Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell joined together in support of his decision to refuse to be drafted by the U.S. Army for the Vietnam war.

Like the legends before them, just imagine if Melo, King James and many more athletes pool together to demand and force change.

We hope this is the start of a positive turn because enough is enough, already.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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