LeBron James (or LeBeijing James, as we’ll be referring to him from now on) has certainly had himself a hell of a week.
On Monday, LeBeijing — once again thinking he’s the smartest man in the room — decided to weigh in on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweets about Hong Kong and boy did the man who deemed himself “The Chosen One” absolutely step in it.
Speaking to reporters, James said that Morey, who tweeted support for the current freedom protests happening in Hong Kong, was uneducated about the situation. Yikes, indeed.
“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 only thinking about yourself,” LeBron said on Monday.
“I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually, so just be careful what we tweet, what we say, what we do, even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negatives that come with that too.”
Look, James has done a lot of good for a lot of people during the course of his career and is by all accounts an exceptional human being, but for him to literally use the phrase “not thinking about others” when disagreeing with a man who was literally only thinking about others and their freedom (the people of Hong Kong), it makes you question exactly where James’ priorities lie.
And unfortunately for LeBeijing, his whoops-I-really-just-stepped-in-a-massive-pile-of-geopolitical-shit week is showing no signs of slowing down, as the detectives of Twitter have unearthed a clip from NBA 2K20 — a game which James’ production company helped produced — that shows the three-time NBA champion proudly pontificating about how he speaks “for those without a voice.”
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