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LBJ: The fake 'woke' activist - LeBron James’s Politics Stop at Water’s Edge


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LBJ: The fake 'woke' activist - LeBron James’s Politics Stop at Water’s Edge
 

 
Good to see tons of Media members calling out the hypocrite

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ver since his electric teenage debut in the NBA, LeBron James has been torn. He has wanted to be unimaginably wealthy, but he has also wanted to be a global icon like Muhammad Ali. For 16 years he walked that line remarkably well, being outspoken on issues of racism, police violence, and education while also amassing enormous wealth. He has managed to become that rarest of commodities: the activist-mogul. Yet this tension is a delicate one, ready to crack like an egg at the slightest pressure. Muhammad Ali of course is a global icon for what he sacrificed, not for what he earned. LeBron this morning has yolk all over his face, and washing it off will not be easy.


For those just waking up to the news, LeBron was asked before a Lakers exhibition game for his thoughts about the NBA’s relationship with China and the tweet by Houston GM Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong protestors that has set that relationship aflame. LeBron had days to come up with a smooth answer. Instead he clumsily thundered into the lane, more JaVale McGee than Donovan Mitchell. He said, “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.”

This was, to put it mildly, a disappointing response. LeBron of course has his own major business interests in China, including from a multitude of endorsements to his lifetime deal with Nike and its archipelago of Chinese sweatshops. He also has a movie coming out, the long-awaited Space Jam 2, with major box office potential overseas, given the literally hundreds of millions Chinese basketball fans.

The immediate perception of course was that LeBron was protecting those business interests at the expense of the Hong Kong protestors and Morey’s right to free expression. Condemnation of LeBron has ensued from all corners. Many reposted a tweet he sent in 2018 that read, “Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere- Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter- Martin Luther King Jr.”

The online platform LIHKG, used by Hong Kong’s protestors, has a post, according to the Hollywood Reporter, with the MLK quote and the plea, “MLK fought for civil rights, but LeBron James supports totalitarianism?”

Another simply reads, “LeBron has been bought.”

LeBron attempted to temper the damage with two tweets. “Let me clear up the confusion,” he wrote in one of his posts. “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…. 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.”

It is certainly true that the NBA teams that were just in Shanghai—LeBron’s Lakers played the Brooklyn Nets there—had a difficult week. But as protestors in Hong Kong have answered back, their weeks and months have been far more difficult.

One of the tragedies of the last 24 hours is more than just the tarnishing of LeBron’s persona as a progressive icon. It’s also that the worst actors in our politics—the very people who have long been looking to defame James for his stances on racism and police violence—are dunking on his head. Denunciations have rolled in from the Drudge Report, to droves of right wing trolls, to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley who brayed about his own time in Hong Kong where he protested for liberties he refuses to support at home.

As sports journalist Howard Bryant tweeted, in chiding James, “Take the time. Learn. Read. Understand. Do these things especially if your business relationships are going to put you in conflict with your values. We’re all compromised in this game of corporate globalization. LeBron fell for the celebrity trap, talking when he needed to listen.”

Bryant also tweeted, quite correctly, “Of course, if we’re really scoring at home, this country doesn’t really care about human rights, either. It does business with China, it sacrificed black people at home with Jim Crow and abroad in South Africa. It barely punished its Saudi biz partners over the Khashoggi murder.”


He could have added 1,000 other examples of the United States siding with oppressors over espoused virtues of peace and justice, from Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the United States’ own silence on both Hong Kong and their horrific oppression of China’s Muslim Uighur community. It is China’s status as a competitor that makes them a target for their civil rights abuses, but that doesn’t make their abuses any less real.

There is of course this country’s broader hypocrisy with regards to China, a complicity that surfaces on Capitol Hill and the shoes on our feet. We wear sneakers and are tweeting our anger at LeBron on smart phones manufactured in China. LeBron is complicit only by a matter of degree. But, unlike the rest of us, he has the mammoth platform to make a difference and that is what is so frustrating for those of us who don’t.


I emailed with Ryan Jones who wrote the first biography of LeBron James, the 2005 book King James: Believe the Hype—The LeBron James Story and has been following his career for two decades. He said to me,

One thing I think back to whenever LeBron’s social awareness and activism are in the news is the first time he was really put on the spot about an issue — the news of John Amaechi’s coming out back in 2007. LeBron was asked about it, and had a pretty dumb answer about how a gay teammate wouldn’t be trustworthy, which was bad then and obviously looks much worse now. I remember at the time wondering how fair it was to expect a 22-year-old who never went to college and grew up in the environment he did to have an empathetic take on an issue like that.

Flash forward 12 years, and he’s obviously come a long way. Like a lot of people, his views have evolved in mostly promising ways, and he’s also generally been really savvy about how he talks about issues. That obviously didn’t happen here, and it’s disappointing mostly because this seems much less about a young, uninformed guy than it does about a businessman making a strategic choice based on his bottom line. That can’t be surprising—his business ambitions are no secret—but it’s still frustrating to hear. The other thing I can’t get past is how awful it is that his most vocal critics on this are guys like Trump-endorsed Missouri senator Josh Hawley. The idea that LeBron’s getting hammered by “pro-democracy” Republicans who are enabling an autocratic takeover of their own country is obviously disgusting, but I guess probably appropriate given the state of things.

LeBron can still make this right. He can do so by listening to others, engaging in the issues and saying something in support of human rights. He could take follow the example of Muhammad Ali and say that he will not condemn human rights violations overseas until first calling out human rights abuses here at home, particularly in the case of black people being shot by police in their homes.

It’s certainly easy to say for us that this is what he should have done. It’s easy for us—to use a mixed sports metaphor—to Monday morning Quarterback and graft our own progressive dreams on what we wish LeBron would or could have said. But he didn’t. And as King James is learning, heavy is the head that wears the crown.




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 1 month ago '08        #2
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LeBron on Morey's Hong Kong tweet: 'Could have waited a week'

Translation:

Don't tweet anything until I can ensure I minimize the potential for financial fallout. Thanks for protecting my vested interests. Complete cowardice.





LBJ basically asked Morey to stop talking and GM. Something he took issue to not to long ago.


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 1 month ago '14        #3
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 Illuminati said
LeBron on Morey's Hong Kong tweet: 'Could have waited a week'

Translation:

Don't tweet anything until I can ensure I minimize the potential for financial fallout. Thanks for protecting my vested interests. Complete cowardice.





LBJ basically asked Morey to stop talking and GM. Something he seems to take issue to.
i'd want morey to wait until i'm not in china to tweet that sh*t too. i don't know these people like that.
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 1 month ago '08        #4
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 Gordon Gartrell said
i'd want morey to wait until i'm not in china to tweet that sh*t too. i don't know these people like that.
Doing the right thing is always the right thing.


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 1 month ago '18        #5
Sandyy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Smart move by bron let hong kong hold their own nuts. He cant make china do nothing and neither can anyone else in the west.

If calling china out did anything Tibet and Taiwan would be their own country rn. Nothing short of war ia freeing any place from mainland china. Bron not risking all that money and job opportunities for nike and his team on a zero sum game.

Plus when has any country had our back? People always expect black people to rally for random causes that got nothing to do with us. China not our problem. Our own president wouldnt comment on hong kong but his shills shocked athletes not leading the charge
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 1 month ago '08        #6
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 Sandyy said
Plus when has any country had our back? People always expect black people to rally for random causes that got nothing to do with us. China not our problem. Our own president wouldnt comment on hong kong but his shills shocked athletes not leading the charge
He didn't have to rally for random causes, he didn't have to comment. He just exposed himself as an uninformed corporate shill by doing so.

Morey was at least informed on the subject. LBJ claims Morey isn't educated on the subject implying LBJ is while also holding the stance him and his teammates aren't privy to all the details to comment on the situation.

And yet here he is making outlandish unsubstantiated comments.

When trying to be an activist goes wrong 101. While I agree with you, LBJ comes out looking like the loser in this particular topic.
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 1 month ago '19        #7
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I'd like to bash Leebronze, but I'm a bit disappointed my boy Kyrie didn't say anything.

Hey, even if you p*ss people off, that didn't stop him before.

All of a sudden he has nothing to say?

I'm not shocked, 'cause I understand money is God of this world, but it is still disappointing.

 1 month ago '14        #8
Gordon Gartrell 
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 Illuminati said
Doing the right thing is always the right thing.


you act like people in america really know what's going on on the other side of the world and vice versa lmao.

and that's like you being on a business trip in a foreign country and somebody you work with tweeting something that makes it hot for your business in said country while you're over there. you'd be wondering what the fu*k they're doing too
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 1 month ago '19        #9
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Op take yo a*s 2 Hong Kong wit yo bullsh*t
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Top 10 most slapped recently  1 month ago '19        #10
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Real Authoritarians out in the world, and LeBozo bi*ching about Trump.
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 1 month ago '06        #11
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 Big Tymerz said
Real Authoritarians out in the world, and LeBozo bi*ching about Trump.
Dems>China> trump

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 1 month ago '08        #12
Illuminati  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1 OP
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 Gordon Gartrell said
you act like people in america really know what's going on on the other side of the world and vice versa lmao.

and that's like you being on a business trip in a foreign country and somebody you work with tweeting something that makes it hot for your business in said country while you're over there. you'd be wondering what the f they're doing too
That's also why my stance on exercising your right to vote is not to if you source your political takes from CNN or Fox. If you aren't educated on a candidates platform and won't take the time to do so, vacate your vote.

It's just extremely hypocritical coming from an athlete who took offense to being told to dribble a ball and sh up. He tried doing the same to Morey completely oblivious to how uneducated and ill informed he was on the matter.
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 Stand Down said
Op take yo a 2 Hong Kong wit yo bullsh*t
Child, find another thread. Read the article if you can muster the attention span to or go back to swiping right on Tinder and getting no matches.

Stand down, some adults are conversing.
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 1 month ago '19        #14
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Child, find another thread. Read the article if you can muster the attention span to or go back to swiping right on Tinder and getting no matches.

Stand down, some adults are conversing.
Stupid who can actually still go 2 China amongst the people and help?


Yo overseas tears are worthless u pu**y
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 1 month ago '18        #15
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 Sandyy said
Smart move by bron let hong kong hold their own nuts. He cant make china do nothing and neither can anyone else in the west.

If calling china out did anything Tibet and Taiwan would be their own country rn. Nothing short of war ia freeing any place from mainland china. Bron not risking all that money and job opportunities for nike and his team on a zero sum game.

Plus when has any country had our back? People always expect black people to rally for random causes that got nothing to do with us. China not our problem. Our own president wouldnt comment on hong kong but his shills shocked athletes not leading the charge
Ya man, people wanting LBJ to say he supports freedom=them wanting athletes to lead the charge. Da fu*k????

n*ggas just expected a guy who talks about justice to stand with people f*ghting to have their freedoms protected.

But LBJ is about the almighty dollar just like most of yall. Hes only against injustice when it wont effect his money. He has no principles.

>>>>Capitalism

And Taiwan is its own country moron


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 1 month ago '17        #16
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He deserves all the backlash cause all fam had to do was shut the fu*k up. But then again he loves attention well now you got it f*g**t
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 1 month ago '06        #17
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 Rule 336 said
He deserves all the backlash cause all fam had to do was shut the fu*k up. But then again he loves attention well now you got it f*g**t
How u a black Kurt cousins stan



 1 month ago '15        #18
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 Illuminati said
Doing the right thing is always the right thing.


i miss lebron from like 6 years ago.

Its easy for these people to criticize trump there are no consequences but what morey did affects the bottomline. nike controls lebron.
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 1 month ago '18        #19
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Lebron is not that smart but I think he has a good heart and his head is in the right place.

He’s just not articulate and sometimes he thinks he’s outsmarting us when he’s not.

He obviously had no idea what he was talking about and he gave that answer how you give an answer to a question about a book you didn’t read. Kind of put some generalizations out there that sound like what everyone else is saying but that are vague and innocuous enough that maybe no one will notice you’ve painted yourself into a corner.

Bron shouldn’t have said anything Bc it’s hypocritical to say someone’s uneducated in an issue If you ADMITTEDLY are too. How would you possibly know if someone else is uneducated on something if you aren’t educated?
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 1 month ago '16        #20
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I called it !

I said these hypocrites who wanted him to shut up and dribble would wan’t him to speak out about this sh*t
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 WigzBeenSplit said
How u a black Kurt cousins stan


The same way there are black Drew Brees stans, black Tom Brady stans, black Aaron Rodgers stans.. Are you retarded?
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 Rule 336 said
The same way there are black Drew Brees stans, black Tom Brady stans, black Aaron Rodgers stans.. Are you retarded?
So you would suck him off? You think he’s cute don’t you?
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 1 month ago '08        #23
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 Blunted Sultan said


I called it !

I said these hypocrites who wanted him to shut up and dribble would wan’t him to speak out about this sh*t



"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 for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well," he told reporters on Monday.




His version of asking Morey to just sh up and GM.

That's the textbook definition of hypocritical. You must be accessing the BX dictionary fam. And again, LEBRON JAMES is the prime suspect when it comes to being misinformed and educated.


“Clearly [James] is the one who isn’t educated on the situation at hand,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter. “It’s sad to see him join the chorus kowtowing to Communist China and putting profits over human rights for Hong Kong. I was there two weeks ago. They’re f*ghting for freedom and the autonomy they were promised.”




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So you would suck him off? You think he’s cute don’t you?
Man keep yo autistic a*s out my notifications bruh
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 1 month ago '12        #25
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I will never understand this generation's obsession with the morals of entertainers.

Everybody has to fit some imaginary moral compass now and if that is the case, who the hell fits it lol
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