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
Let me clear up the confusion. 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.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019
The @NBA had a tough week?— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 15, 2019
The million+ Uyghurs Communist China has in re-education camps had a tough week. The people of HK fighting for human rights & autonomy had a tough week.
You’re right, @KingJames. People need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. https://t.co/pCIQ305rf4
Having just been in Hong Kong - on the streets & with the protestors - this kind of garbage is hard to take. LeBron, are YOU educated on “the situation”? Why don’t you go to Hong Kong? Why don’t you meet the people there risking their lives for their most basic liberties https://t.co/KvphH9RiAl— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 15, 2019
Let me clear up the confusion. Lebron James cares more about selling sneakers in China than American values— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) October 15, 2019
His performative wokeness over the years has been utterly exposed https://t.co/Bf7hbmBFmk
I defended LeBron James on-air when President Trump attacked him. I thought it was a bad move by POTUS.— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) October 15, 2019
Given this incredibly cowardly statement, perhaps I was wrong?
Seems LeBron cares about two things: money...and himself... https://t.co/eKsaOk0PjB
LeBron James @KingJames says Daryl Morey was “misinformed” and “wasn’t educated” for tweeting “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Frankly, it is a little surprising Morey didn’t understand the NBA cares more about $ than freedom or human rights.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 15, 2019
Michael Jordan: “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 15, 2019
LeBron James: “Communists buy sneakers, too.”
Jordan > LeBron https://t.co/I3BEeyrLaS
Sad to see LeBron James side with the Chinese Communist Party as it tries to crush the Hong Kong democracy movement. https://t.co/n0JwZm9fZx— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 15, 2019
Shorter @KingJames: I stand with the Chinese Communist regime & anyone who doesn’t is uneducated. Also, freedom of speech is nice but, c’mon, it might keep me from becoming a billionaire. So cut it out.— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) October 15, 2019
All hail the king! Stay woke, folks! https://t.co/lGhSO0fsnj
So @KingJames says the ONE GUY who spoke up for freedom and liberty and against tyranny "wasn't educated on the issue?"— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) October 15, 2019
You mean, he needs to be re-educated?
This is an embarrassment. https://t.co/GWMNvu0pHi
1. Hong Kong is going through much more than a “difficult week.”— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) October 15, 2019
2. A tweet can empower others as well, which #LeBronJames should know by now.
3. What happened was exposing China’s power over U.S. biz interests.
4. “Could have waited” is weak. Not how leaders speak. pic.twitter.com/bqmTwrgjf6
Lebron James is literally Twitter as a human. Super strong advocate of everything that is right, until it inconveniences him, costs him a dollar, or requires energy past putting on a tshirt.— 🎃 Video Ghost Attorney👻 (@Morrison) October 15, 2019
You don’t need so many clarifying tweets when you’re on the right side of an issue.
The Chinese Communist Party would still have punished the NBA for crossing them a week later. Sorry your week was "difficult." Uighurs in concentration camps and Hong Kong protesters in jail also had a "difficult" week. https://t.co/xT9MeNpKs5— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 15, 2019
I would love to see LeBron James meet with the Hong Kong protesters and tell them "My team and this league just went through a difficult week."— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 15, 2019
This is a great example of 'sometimes it's better to just say nothing at all.' https://t.co/iKVWmnYbVz
BREAKING:@KingJames is ALL for freedom of speech when it comes to @Kaepernick7 kneeling and disrespecting our Veterans.— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) October 15, 2019
But speaking out against Communist China that literally runs concentration camps/slaughters people.
Well that could hurt his checkbook and is wrong🤷🏼♂️
Ultimately @KingJames, the woke media's star athlete, is a hypocritical sell out. If you pay him enough money, he won't just shut up and dribble, he'll also kneel before his Chinese masters: https://t.co/aGgeYQ3zNW— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 15, 2019
When I told y’all LeBron James was the FAKEST guy in the NBA, y’all called me a hater.— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) October 15, 2019
Apologize to me now!!!! pic.twitter.com/FBBr2R3f0f