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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, left, shakes hands with former Laker Magic Johnson, right, before an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Johnson sold his small ownership stake in the Lakers to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Johnson bought shares representing about 4.5 percent of the Lakers in June 1994 for a reported $10 million. Johnson said the sale was strictly a "bittersweet business decision," but the five-time league champion has long been interested in taking a larger ownership role in an NBA franchise. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, left, shakes hands with former Laker Magic Johnson, right, before an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Johnson sold his small ownership stake in the Lakers to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Johnson bought shares representing about 4.5 percent of the Lakers in June 1994 for a reported $10 million. Johnson said the sale was strictly a "bittersweet business decision," but the five-time league champion has long been interested in taking a larger ownership role in an NBA franchise. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)

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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.

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A Christmas tree comes to the Capitol

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