The video of a street brawl between two New Jersey teens and the speech that brought it to an end has gone viral on the internet, attracting more than 28 million views since it was posted this week, and capturing the attention of NBA star LeBron James.
Two teens began to fight on an Atlantic City street corner with a crowd of peers goading them and recording the brawl on their mobile phones. Then, a man approached the scene and intervened, giving a lengthy, thought-provoking speech that convinced the two teens to shake hands in the end and taught everyone a lesson.
Jamar Mobley, 15, one of the two teens in the fight, posted the video to his Facebook page and told NBC 10 that he never expected the overwhelming response it has received.
Mobley claimed that the fight was initiated over a girl, and expressed gratitude to Ibn Ali, the man who stopped the fight and eased tensions during the incident.
“Mr. Ibn Ali, I want to thank him a lot ’cause if it wasn’t for him it could have gone a whole other way,” the teen told CBS Philadelphia.
NBC 10 reported that Ali, a father who played high school football in Atlantic City, did not want to speak publicly, but said he was humbled by the attention.
The video was seen by LeBron James, who retweeted it along with his support for Ali.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 21, 2017
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