LeBron James on Women in Sports: “It’s About Equality”

On Wednesday, the women’s sports world is celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Count LeBron James among those celebrating, as well.

In an interview with espnW, the three-time NBA champ┬ástressed equality in the sports world and named Phoenix Mercury superstar Diana Taurasi as one of the great female athletes he’s admired.

“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. 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.”

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