ESPYS 2016: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony Call for an End to Violence

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony opened the show.

The four NBA stars called for an end to police brutality and retaliatory violence, and encouraged their fellow athletes to use their influence for the greater good.

"We all feel helpless and frustrated by the violence. We do. But that's not acceptable," James said. "It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'what are we doing to create change?' Let's use this moment as call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence."

James continued, "And most importantly, go back to our communities invest our time, our resources and help rebuild them. Help strengthen them. Help change them. We all have to do better."

Wade also took on the heated topic of racial profiling head-on.

Wade added, "Now, as athletes, it's on us to challenge each other to do even more than what we already do in our own communities and the conversation cannot, it cannot stop as our schedules get busy again. It's wont always be convenient it won't it won't always be comfortable but it is necessary."