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LeBron James promotes ‘equality,’ celebrates Women in Sports

On the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, LeBron James emphasized equality in the world of sports.

Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016 Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

Today marks the 31st year of celebrating women in sports on the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. On a day that recognizes the extraordinary achievements of women in the world of sport, one of the hottest male athletes of this generation, LeBron James, sang the praises of his female counterparts.

The three-time NBA champion stressed the importance of equality in an interview with espnW.

“I just think you give respect where respect is due, at the end of the day. No matter if you’re a male or female,” James said. “If you’re playing at the highest level in your respective sport, you should get respect where respect is due.”

He went on to highlight some women that have done remarkable things in the world of sports. That included Phoenix Mercury star, and three-time WNBA champion, Diana Taurasi.

“Over the course of time, we’ve seen so many great female athletes — from Serena [Williams] obviously, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Diana Taurasi in the basketball world. I could go on and on about how women have done so many great things. The women who do the sideline [reporting] as well.

“We have Doris Burke who does an amazing job, and they have to and will continue to transcend the game. It’s not all about males; it’s about equality.”