LeBron James won't discuss China-NBA feud again

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2019

James caught criticism from fans, many of whom were disappointed that James had decided against standing with Morey and in support of the protests.

West slammed Whitlock for pushing the "false narrative" of a country - presumably, the USA - that "leads people to war under false pretenses".

LeBron James' comments on Daryl Morey's Hong Kong tweet are not going over well with protesters.

James' comments about Morey were interpreted by many as support for China.

Morey tweeted and then deleted an image which read, "Fight for freedom, stand for Hong Kong".

The act of defiance was triggered by recent comments James made accusing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey of being "misinformed and not educated on the situation" while responding to a tweet Morey shared praising anti-China demonstrations in Hong Kong. Perhaps Warriors coach Steve Kerr was right to air on the side of caution - and silence - rather than risk adding fuel to the already raging fire.

Those comments by the James were made during a players meeting on October 9 before the Lakers vs. Nets game in Shanghai, according to a report published by The Athletic. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of (Morey's) tweet.

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"Yes, we do have freedom of speech", James said on Monday.

"I had a sense of [how] what I said felt for me", James said on Tuesday following questions about his comments and how they would be received in Hong Kong. "But at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you're not thinking about others", he told reporters. That's all I can say. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people.

He went on to discuss the work he's passionate about in his own community, like his "I Promise" school.

Even though silence is golden, James offered up his opinion and called Morey "misinformed" or "not really educated" when spoke on the issue. Others can talk About that.

"I talked about it yesterday. Could have waited a week to send it". People have to understand what a tweet or a statement can do to others, " insisted the great star of the National Basketball Association, who has acknowledged that the situation lived in China by him, his Lakers teammates and his Nets rivals was certainly complicated.

James added that he wasn't a politician, but will continue to be vocal about topics that he is passionate about.

Today, ESPN's Dave McMenamin reports that LeBron pressured NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to sanction MOet over the tweet, stating that if an NBA player had tweeted something that offended an entity as big as China, they'd inevitably be fined.

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