Lebron James, and other NBA players, are now choosing to remain quiet on the subject of China, but why?
A few weeks ago the GM of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protestors. Within hours the tweet was deleted, but not before the communist nation of China dealt the league a crushing blow.
China is the NBA’s largest market. It’s not even close. The NBA NEEDS China, bad. The owners know it. The players know it. Now, the fans know it.
Everyone is for the “cause” until the “cause” costs them $$$$$……. — Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) October 15, 2019
Plus, the shoe industry is larger than the NBA. At the end of the day, people like Lebron really work for NIKE, and that means doing what he’s told.
“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation,” James told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday night. “I just think that, when you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something – and I’m just talking about the tweet itself – you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well. 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. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”
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 later went on to tweet about the tough week his team had… You know… With all the practicing, and being millionaires, and never having to really worry about anything outside of shooting an orange ball… But go on, Lebron. Tell us how hard it is to be you.
“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.”
Remember, Lebron isn’t a scholar. He dribbles a ball for a living (and makes a ton of money doing it). That doesn’t mean we should listen to his opinion in regards to global politics.
What’s funny about this whole thing is that these athletes have no problem calling out our president, but when a communist government is signing checks, they are silent. What isn’t silent is their obvious hypocrisy.
These aren’t role models. These are entertainers who get paid to play games. Thank you, Lebron, for opting to keep your mouth shut going forward. Just stick to dribbling.