American basketball player LeBron James has commented on the National Basketball Association-China dispute, saying Daryl Morey was misinformed about the scenario. He spoke to foreign media where he called the situation as sensitive. He also said that from this incident we should understand that we have to be careful while speaking our mind sometimes as there can be a backlash if you just think of yourself and speak. He said that he feels Daryl Morey was not educated enough on the situation and just spoke. He also said that earlier he and his team members did not speak on the issue since they were not well informed. The Los Angeles Lakers player even wrote his opinion on the social networking site Twitter, on October 15.
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.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019
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.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019
LeBron James' two tweets received a large number of likes, retweets and comments on them. The comments by the basketball star however, did not go too really well with the internet users. A netizen shared a picture of a cop pointing a gun towards a Hong Kong protester aiming to shoot him and asked James if he would like to speak up for the umbrella guy.
But don’t you want to speak up for the umbrella guy, LeBron? pic.twitter.com/TWTRdhWXMp— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) October 15, 2019
Another reaction by a user said that money is important for some and people's lives and freedom are not.
Money is really important. Peoples lives and freedom are not.— Ben of the Beard🧢 (@BenBeard6819921) October 15, 2019
Author Frederick Joseph while taking a dig at the hypocrisy of netizens sarcastically commented on the tweet saying to James that he has a picture with Mitch McConnell in his header so he cannot question anybody's character or morals.
You have a picture with Mitch McConnell in your header, you cant question anyone’s character or morals.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) October 15, 2019
You know there are people who had a more difficult week in Hong Kong. Ya know, being oppressed... bad optics bro— James (@525Jimmy) October 15, 2019
You think you guys had a difficult week?— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 15, 2019
Try talking to some of the protestors in Hong Kong facing violence just for seeking freedom. Or the millions of religious minorities who spent this week in camps in China.
You never considered them when you made your statement...
The basketball association is entangled in a deadlock with China ever since Morey tweeted his support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Even though the Houston Rockets General Manager immediately apologised and deleted the tweet, it created a rift between the NBA and China. NBA's Daryl Morey's original tweet was 'Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong' which he deleted later on. The original tweet by Morey was condemned by a lot of Chinese companies who are also the partners of the NBA. The NBA issued a statement of regret over the Houston Rockets' owner's tweet backing protesters in Hong Kong.