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Sport LeBron James' stance on China flap weakens his voice on other issues

12:15  16 october  2019
12:15  16 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

LeBron James on China: Daryl Morey 'wasn't educated'

  LeBron James on China: Daryl Morey 'wasn't educated' LeBron James weighed in on Daryl Morey's controversial tweet, and took what could be considered a controversial stance of his own.The conversation quickly turned to James being asked about the recent drama surrounding the NBA and China.

LeBron James stood by his critical comments of the Rockets GM, saying on Tuesday he doesn't think "every issue should be everybody's problem." LeBron James is now a weakened messenger for whatever it is that he is going to be selling, be it products or politics. His significant voice has been

James ’s comments will be jarring to many, as he has been an eloquent voice on social issues and human rights – including police brutality within the US. Many of the players are said to have been angry that they had to field questions from Chinese reporters on the fallout before Silver had done so.

Because LeBron James has not clarified his clarification or taken his talents to a pro-democracy PR agency, we are left with his criticism of a fellow American’s laudable support of the protests in Hong Kong as his final answer in the NBA’s ongoing China nightmare.

LeBron James wearing a purple hat: LeBron James said of the tweet from Rockets GM Daryl Morey: © Mark J. Terrill, AP LeBron James said of the tweet from Rockets GM Daryl Morey: "We do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative things that come with that too."

Because James’ horrible words and ridiculous tweets still stand, uncorrected and untouched, nearly 24 hours after he first uttered them, we now know something very important about him:

LeBron James tweets to try clarifying his comments about Daryl Morey

  LeBron James tweets to try clarifying his comments about Daryl Morey The most famous basketball player in the world spoke about the tension after Daryl Morey's tweet regarding Hong Kong, but found himself being criticized for not supporting the Rockets' GM.In his comments, James said he felt Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was not “educated” on the subject when tweeting about the Hong Kong protests. In followup tweets, James clarified that he believes Morey was not educated about the fallout his tweet would cause.

While James was in China last week, the NBA cancelled media availabilities for the teams. “They have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while So James could avoid answering uncomfortable questions on Chinese soil. But back in the U.S., just as China -NBA tensions were

Unpacking LeBron James ’s Comments on China , Daryl Morey and the NBA. James was immediately criticized for his remarks, which seemed to echo the notion that what was happening between China and 2. LeBron , as well as several other players, have a right to be upset at Morey.

He is not the man we thought he was.

What this means, exactly, is still entirely unclear. We can check back in a year or so and see, but, outwardly, it’s possible little is likely to change. James will continue to play basketball and build out his brand and make lots of money. He will speak out anytime he wants while the protesters he ignores cannot without fear of retribution. Irony eludes him.

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But in other nuanced ways, everything has changed for him. We thought James was a different kind of athlete, more Ali than Jordan, more Billie Jean than Tiger. We thought he did in fact care about Hong Kong, that he did care about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s right to speak out, that he did care about how the NBA might even begin to force change on China’s repressive regime.

Hong Kong Protesters Are Burning LeBron James Jerseys

  Hong Kong Protesters Are Burning LeBron James Jerseys Protesters are burning LeBron James jerseys in Hong Kong. This is an expected part of the fallout from LeBron's semi-no-comment about the Daryl Morey / China situation. 

James has previously spoken out about social issues in the U.S., including police shootings of black men A demonstrator holds a sign showing Lebron James embracing a Chinese 100-yuan banknote during a In his remarks, James did not engage with the specific message of Morey's tweet, which

LeBron James ' China Comments refers to basketball star LeBron James ' take on the ongoing Hong Kong Protests. This led to commenters mocking James for taking a non- stance on the issue You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation.

Why did we think that? Because of the way James has spent a career constructing an authentic and authoritative presence not just in sports, but in our culture. He was smart about his role in our lives and the wider world of American politics. In these fraught times, he was consistently positioned right where we thought he would be. His tweet calling Donald Trump “u bum” was an instant classic. He wasn’t ever going to shut up and dribble no matter who told him to, and that made sense.

So we knew this guy. Knew him well. We could count on LeBron to be a voice for sanity and honesty and fairness.

But then, in an instant, we couldn’t.

As shock rippled across social media Monday night, and as James and the NBA failed to step up and meet the moment all day Tuesday, a new reality settled in:

LeBron James is now a weakened messenger for whatever it is that he is going to be selling, be it products or politics. His significant voice has been diminished. This is that big of a development.

Report: Daryl Morey tweeted about Hong Kong when he did because of face-mask ban

  Report: Daryl Morey tweeted about Hong Kong when he did because of face-mask ban The most charitable interpretation of LeBron James' comments about Daryl Morey: LeBron feared for the safety of the Lakers and Nets, who were playing in China in the aftermath of Morey tweeting support for Hong Kong Protesters. © Lampson Yip - Clicks Images/Getty ImagesThat’d require explaining why LeBron brought up people being harmed “financially,” but perhaps he misspoke. There’s room to give LeBron benefit of the doubt.The line that most supports that reading of LeBron’s comments: “Could have waited a week to send it.

Moments after LeBron broke his silence on the situation with China , the Turkish-born Boston Celtics player went to Twitter to express his disgust, as Oh, and when LeBron pointed out that he and his team had a "difficult week" dealing with the fallout of Daryl Morey's pro-Hong Kong tweets while the

LeBron James is FINALLY talking about the Daryl Morey tweet that sparked an international incident saying the Rockets GM simply "wasn't educated" about China before he posted his pro-Hong Kong tweet. "I think that's another situation that should stay behind closed doors," LeBron told the media.

It took James a week to gather his thoughts and finally speak out about the controversy that has engulfed his league and already cost it untold dollars in basketball-crazed China.

Knowing LeBron as we do, or, did, he might have started out by saying he hoped the NBA could show the way by opening a dialogue on the important issues of freedom of speech and democracy in China. Instead, he blew it. He said Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand,” which is just an awful, and incorrect, comment.

Then he dropped a line that will live with him in infamy: “Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”

Understandably, social media erupted, so James inexplicably came back for more, tweeting out that he wanted to “clear up the confusion,” but then only created more when he said his team and the NBA had been through “a difficult week,” adding Morey “could have waited a week” to send his pro-democracy tweet.

Oh my.

Things only got worse Tuesday afternoon when James replied to the controversy by telling a gaggle of reporters in Los Angeles that he hasn’t “been paying attention to it much.”

It's rare that any athlete can become a quintessential 21st century cultural figure, equal parts sports superstar and esteemed voice of a generation.

Who throws that away in a few sentences? LeBron James, that’s who.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: LeBron James' stance on China flap weakens his voice on other issues

Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith debate NBA's China controversy .
The "Inside the NBA" crew of Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson discussed the NBA-China controversy at a press luncheon.In a press luncheon at Shaquille O'Neal's self-named restaurant in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, Shaq, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson all spoke candidly about the fallout. They all offered varying opinions on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting out support for the Hong Kong protestors, the NBA’s business relationship with China as well as how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James discussed the issue.

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