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More Enes, Less LeBron

Gabriella Hoffman
by Gabriella Hoffman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

As most NBA players appear to be doing the bidding of communist China, several players are bold enough to not play along.

LeBron James, known as “King James” by dedicated fans, had the gall to accuse Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, of being “uneducated” about tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China.

He tweeted, “My team and this league just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”

Difficult week? You’re kidding us, right?

He then added, “Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that.”

Amazing these highly paid athletes can virtue signal against American Republicans but remain silent about actual tyranny abroad.

One of the best responses to LeBron’s tone-deaf comments is from USA Today, which reads, in part, like this:

On behalf of the 327 million American citizens who generally believe that freedom is good and authoritarian regimes are less good, let me apologize to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

It must have been a real inconvenience to take that 13-hour chartered flight to China last week and hang around a luxury hotel in Shanghai for five days while promotional appearances got canceled. Surely it was awful to be in the middle of an international firestorm where the stakes were so high: Would preseason NBA games be played or not? 

And to think, LeBron and his teammates were so disrupted all because Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had the temerity to send a relatively anodyne tweet supporting a protest that pretty much every one of his countrymen — whether on the left or right side of the political spectrum — would agree with over the rights Hong Kongers were promised when the United Kingdom handed control of the territory over to China in 1997.

Contrast Mr. James with Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics—a Swiss-born Turkish player whose family has faced repression in Erdogan’s Turkey. He is believed to have shaded LeBron James in a series of tweets:

He penned an op-ed in Boston Globe. It’s well worth the read:

Professional sports would benefit from having more Enes Kanter’s and fewer LeBron James’.

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