7.5.5.3. LeBron James opposes Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests (2019)

NBA is huge in China.

On 2019-10-05 (Friday) 7:41PM Daryl Morey, NBA’s Houston Rockets manager sent a tweet with an image that read:

Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.

Then Daryl was a coward, removed this tweet, and apologized on 2019-10-07 (Monday) 1:18 AM https://twitter.com/dmorey/status/1181000808399114240 (archive), so by then it was already deleted.

I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China

Then TODO date the uberstar LeBron James (not a Houston Rockets player), a big supporter of black rights in the US, criticized this.

I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation

Related video of LeBron saying similar things on interview (TODO same?): 2019-10-15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjM43blzaRc "LeBron addresses Daryl Morey’s tweet and Lakers' trip to China | NBA on ESPN"

Some good LeBron cartoons:

Kneeling by Adam Zyglis NFL Colin Kaepernick vs NBA LeBron James
Figure 114. "Kneeling" by Adam Zyglis (2019) compares the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick (科林·卡佩尼克), who kneeled during the playing of the U.S. national anthem during the 2016 season to protest against social injustice, vs NBA’s LeBron James, who instead supports China’s dictatorship unconditionally. Source.
Silence is violence
Figure 115. In 2020-10-04 American billboard company Outfront Media refused to post this ad by the NLPC conservative think tank critical of LeBron James' stand on Hong Kong. The ad shows the NBA superstar with a Chinese flag covering his mouth and the message "Silence is Violence." and URL http://freedom4china.com/. To obey is to betray comes to mind. Source.