5:47 AM PT -- 8/25 -- LeBron spoke out about the Jacob Blake shooting after the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday ... saying it's another "troubling" example of police brutality against black people.
"Having 2 boys of my own and me being an African American in America and to see what continues to happen with the police brutality towards my kind ... it's very troubling."
LeBron said he offers his prayers to the Blake family -- and urged everyone to create change by voting Trump out of office in November.
"We can have some change, and I believe it starts with November ... but it doesn't stop there, even with whoever comes next."
12:36 PM PT -- LeBron James is furious over the Jacob Blake shooting -- going off about the situation, which he describes as "another black man being targeted."
"And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!!"
LeBron continues ... "This sh*t is so wrong and so sad!!"
"Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE"
"F THE GAMES AND PLAYOFFS!!! THIS IS SICK AND IS A REAL PROBLEM WE DEMAND JUSTICE!"
Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell is shifting his focus from the NBA playoffs to the horrific shooting of unarmed black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI ... saying this is exactly why players have been speaking out about social injustice.
Blake was reportedly walking back to his vehicle after breaking up a fight between two women ... when a white officer followed him and shot him in the back 7 times as Blake's children watched from inside the car.
Raysean White via TMX.news
Blake was flown to a nearby hospital where he remains in serious condition.
Mitchell is one of many sports figures speaking out about the incident ... saying, "ITS CRAZY I DONT HAVE ANY WORDS BUT WTF MAN! THIS IS WHY WE DONT FEEL SAFE!!!!"
FYI -- Mitchell is currently wearing "Say Her Name" on the back of his jersey during the NBA restart in honor of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by three cops executing a no-knock search warrant in March.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Amir Garrett also spoke about the shooting, saying ... "They put 7 rounds into Jacob Blake in front of his children. I watched the video, you telling me he can’t be tazed? He immediately has to be shot?"
"Smh apparently black lives still don’t matter. I am outraged this morning."
K.C. Chiefs star Tyrann Mathieu tweeted, "Damn they shot that man 7 times.... why can’t 3 officers subdue one male? I truly need answers y’all comment on everything else......"
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara added ... "Attempted murder.. I pray he survives."
Hall of Famer Ray Allen spoke out as well, saying, "No person deserves to be treated this way. Can we all agree on this? Where is our human decency! What happened to "protect and serve."
"It looks more like harass and shoot!"
The Milwaukee Bucks -- who usually play 45 minutes from Kenosha -- released a statement on the incident, saying, "We stand firmly against reoccurring issues of excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging the black community."
"Our organization will continue to stand for all black lives as we demand accountability and systemic change on behalf of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sylville Smith, Ernest Lacy, Dontre Hamiltion, Tony Robinson, Joel Acevedo and countless other victims."
"We will work to enact policy change so these incidents no longer exist."