NBA star LeBron James is facing the backlash of the century, after the outspoken basketball player cowered to China.
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 now claims that he had a "difficult week" earning millions of dollars to play basketball because someone promoted freedom for Hong Kong@KingJames, do you think the millions of people locked up in China's communist concentration camps are having a good week? https://t.co/p9pMZ1a2N0
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 15, 2019
LeBron, who has never had an issue getting “political” when it comes to attacking “bum” President Trump, is now suddenly quiet when it comes to the atrocities happening in communist China, and even went so far to say that NBA players are not “politicians” and that the China situation is a “political” thing.
You can watch the video below:
– LeBron endorses Hillary
– LeBron campaigns w/ Hillary
– LeBron calls Trump supporters 'uneducated'
– LeBron calls Trump a 'bum' & 'hateful'
– LeBron attacks Trump on border wall
*Mention Communist China atrocities*
– LeBron 'We’re not politicians. It’s a political thing' pic.twitter.com/nGzsgFG5Gj
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 16, 2019
LeBron now claims he has more “important” issues to focus on, and is ready to move past the China controversy.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is ready to move on from the China controversy and focus on winning a championship and other things.
Just a day after criticizing Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey as “misinformed” over a tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters, James said Tuesday he has more pressing issues to deal with at home.
“I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us trying to win a championship because that’s what we’re here for,” James told reporters Tuesday. “We’re not politicians. I think it’s a huge political thing but we are leaders and we can step up at times. But … you don’t feel like you should speak upon things you shouldn’t have to.”
James said he has a list of concerns in his own backyard that he should prioritize more than political issues a world away. [CNN]
But we all know that LeBron James has always fancied himself a pseudo-politician and has proudly propped himself up as the NBA’s biggest political critic of President Trump. So, why the sudden change of heart?
After all, this is the man who once said this on Twitter:
LeBron James last year: pic.twitter.com/EEgLsbkb5J
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 15, 2019
Now, like a coward, LeBron is backing off the China issue because he doesn’t want anything to impact his fat paychecks.
I guess “fighting for something” only counts when it doesn’t hurt your bottom line and increases your public relations with Trump-hating NBA fans.
Gee, what a great guy and role model he is, right?
FTWusatoday.com took a look back at LeBron’s history of politics and standing up to President Trump.
Back in October of 2016, “non political” LeBron endorsed Hillary.
“When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.
That candidate is Hillary Clinton.” [Business Insider]
The day after the election, LeBron took to Instagram where he shared this message:
In February 2017, “non-political” LeBron went after President Trump’s immigration plan, claiming it “divided” people. Gee, he outta get a load of the concentration camps in China.
“Diversity is what makes this country so great. We should all continue to speak up and fight for ideas that bring people together regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or any other differences. It’s important that we as athletes continue to use the platform we have to speak up for what we believe in,” says James.
As protests continue to rage over President Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, James has calibrated his message to encourage peaceful dissent through free speech. “I am not in favor of this policy or any policy that divides and excludes people,” he says. “I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about. And we should continue to speak out about it.” [Hollywood Reporter]
Back in August 2017, LeBron spoke out about the Charlottesville, Virginia, violence and attacked President Trump for his response by spreading fake news.
Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2017
It's sad what's going on in Charlottesville. Is this the direction our country is heading? Make America Great Again huh?! He said that??♂️
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 12, 2017
In a speech in Sandusky, Ohio on August 15th, James referred to Trump as the “so-called president.”
Then about a week later, LeBron called President Trump a “bum.”
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
After Trump said that the Golden State Warriors were no longer welcome at the White House, James responded with what would become his most-retweeted post from an athlete in 2017.
“It’s not something I could stand for and it’s not something I could be quiet about. It’s not about a division… we as American people need to just come together even more strongly. This is a very critical time, and me being in the position that I am, I had to voice this to ya’ll.”
Later, LeBron doubled-down on his “bum” comments, and Mr. ‘Non Political” then claimed the President of the United States didn’t “understand” his power.
LeBron James w/ no regrets about his "U Bum" tweet towards president Donald Trump: "He doesn't understand the power that he has." pic.twitter.com/Ibv3y2kfLN
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 25, 2017
February 15th, 2018 – James says Trump doesn’t “give a [expletive]” about the people. James sounded off on the president in a conversation with Cari Champion and Kevin Durant.
June 5th, 2018 – LeBron reacts to Trump canceling the Eagles’ ceremony
James spoke out about Trump’s decision to cancel the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House ceremony over the ongoing national anthem controversy.
“It’s typical of him. I’m not surprised…. I mean I know no matter who wins [the NBA Finals], no one wants to get invited anyway. It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
July 30th, 2018 – LeBron says Trump is using sports to divide America
LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump's trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together. He sits down with @donlemon at the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Watch 10pET https://t.co/koTK4RarqE pic.twitter.com/CQYsTz2Fzl
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2018
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon (which triggered a late-night Twitter attack from the president days later), James said he would “never sit across” from Trump.
“And what I’ve noticed over the last few months,” James said, “he’s kind of used sport to kind of divide us. And that’s something that I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white. I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends. I was like, wow, this is all because of sports.”
So, as you can clearly see, Mr. James has no problem “getting political,” as long as it benefits him. However, he wants nothing to do with any “political” talk that will harm his salary or his image.
How stunning and brave of “King James.”
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