LeBron James Rips Houston GM for “Misinformed” China Tweet

James said Daryl Morey "wasn’t educated on the situation at hand" and spoke anyway

LeBron James Criticizes Houston GM for "Misinformed" China Tweet
LeBron James at the NBA China Games 2019. (Zhizhao Wu/Getty)
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On Monday, LeBron James addressed the NBA’s ongoing issues in China and the since-deleted tweet in support of Hong Kong from Rockets GM general manager Daryl Morey that started it all.

“We all talk about this freedom of speech, yes, we all do have freedom of speech. But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself,” James told reporters ahead of a game against Golden State.“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with … with Daryl Morey.”

James continued: “But I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. 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 … I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it.”

After making those remarks and not really explaining why he thought Morey was misinformed about what is happening in Hong Kong, James (ironically) took to Twitter to clarify his statements.

Whether intended or not, James’ comments certainly make it sound as if he is upset with Morey for inconveniencing him and the rest of the NBA for tweeting about Hong Kong when he did and possibly damaging the league’s business interests there.

For a guy who is supposed to be taken seriously when it comes to social justice issues, it’s not a great look.

As such, he’s taken a lot of heat on social media.

Senator Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, was among those who weighed in on Twitter: “It’s sad to see him join the chorus kowtowing to Communist China & putting profits over human rights for #HongKong.”

Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, said the NBA star was “parroting communist propaganda.”

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