LeBron James waded his way into the NBA’s China Controversy. His words received major backlash. But now, Hong Kong protestors showed their disagreement as they burned down his jersey.
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James is all set to move as far away as he can from the China controversy. Within a day since he criticised Daryl Morey and quoted him as “misinformed” regarding a tweet that was in support of Hong Kong protesters, he gave a statement saying he has more pressing issues to deal with. But people are not forgetting his words easily. They are burning LeBron’s jersey in Hong Kong as a way to protest.
On Monday, LeBron James joined in the China Controversy as he put forward his views Daryl Morey’s tweet. This tweet was a message of support to the Hong Kong protestors. But the tweet threatened the multibillion-dollar relationship between the NBA and the Chinese market that took three decades to grow.
What was the controversy?
Regarding the tweet, LeBron talked to a group of reporters. He said that Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand.” Furthermore, he added that “so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually” by his post. “So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”
With these words, LeBron James set his foot in the China controversy and got a bit of heat. His comment suggested that freedom of speech could lead to negative outcomes. But on the other hand, it is also clear that these words are being misused to suppress the ideas that LeBron has worked had to put light on.
Getting away from the controversy
On Tuesday, LeBron James tried to steer clear away from the China controversy. “I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us trying to win a championship because that’s what we’re here for,” James told reporters. “We’re not politicians. I think it’s a huge political thing but we are leaders and we can step up at times. But … you don’t feel like you should speak upon things you shouldn’t have to.”
Furthermore, LeBron James added, “There’s things that happen in my own community — trying to help my kids graduate high school and go off to college — what’s been my main concern over the last couple years — and my school. Trying to make sure the inner city kids that grew up in my hometown can have a brighter future and look at me as inspiration to get out of the hellhole of the inner city. And we don’t talk about those stories enough.”