During the 2017 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality. Kaepernick would never again play in the NFL after that but did settle a collusion grievance with the league.
At the NBA All-Star game that year, LeBron James applauded Kaep saying, “And I hope that the word of what he did will live on throughout American history but also world history because it’s important for all of us, not only the African Americans but for everybody that wants to stand up for something that’s more important than them.” James added, “I think it’s important to stick up for what you believe in, you know what I’m saying?”
I’m bringing this up because James is once again fighting injustice by standing up for Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets GM who tweeted that he stood with Hong Kong. Haha, just kidding. LeBron actually told Morey to shut the fuck up in the nicest way possible because he may be costing him and his NBA friends a lot of money.
When asked whether Morey should have been reprimanded for his tweet, LeBron said, “l think that’s another situation that should stay behind closed doors… I think when we all sit back and learn from the situation that happened, understand that what you could tweet or could say… We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, and you’re only thinking about yourself. 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 at hand, and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.”
LeBron is right. There are ramifications for freedom of speech. Like when LeBron criticized Donald Trump saying he didn’t “give a shit about the people” and angered a lot of conservatives. He also tweeted:
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
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
This drew a response from Fox News host Laura Ingraham who said, “It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. Keep the political comments to yourselves. … Shut up and dribble.” LeBron was nonplussed because the people he alienated weren’t people he cared about.
LeBron would later respond with, “I knew at that moment I was bigger than just basketball and I had to say something. Because it wasn’t just about me. It was about all of us.”
Hey, but what about Morey. Wasn’t he standing up for something he believed in? Yea, but, what LeBron meant is you stand up for what you believe in as long as it doesn’t affect his bottom line.
Asked what he meant about Morey being uninformed: “That’s just my belief. I don’t know. That’s my belief. That’s all I can say. I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation. And if he was, then so be it, but I have no idea. That’s just my belief that when you say things or do things, and you know the people that can be affected by it, and the families and the individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed. And also sometimes social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well. But that’s just my belief.”
“I believe he was misinformed and not educated on the situation,” LeBron James said on the Morey tweet. LeBron added Morey’s tweet was dangerous. LeBron said he is uncertain about the future ramifications of the Morey tweet with the NBA and players.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) October 15, 2019
Look. I get what LeBron is saying. He really needs Space Jam 2 to succeed in China so he can buy more cars. He also wants a cut of those profits from the Nike product placements. His social credit shooting through the roof won’t hurt either. If I was him, I’d sellout too. I mean, if someone wanted to give me $10 million to turn myself into a Breitbart mouthpiece, I’d pay Steve Bannon to write a think piece about owning the libtards. Unfortunately for lovers of the Commander and Queef, no one is giving me money so all of you guys are going to have to deal with the word salad spewing out of my mouth about LeBron James being a hypocrite.