NBA superstar Lebron James may have been channeling the spirit of Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism” – specifically the iconic line: “fools rush in where angels fear to tread” – while putting his foot in his mouth regarding the China controversy.
The phrase alludes to foolish or rash individuals attempting things that more experienced people wisely avoid. In this particular instance “King James,” coming to the defense of a communist régime, with a long sordid history of atrocities, by attempting to suggest Monday night, that Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey was “misinformed” adding that Morey was “selfish and uneducated” for voicing his support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.
The outspoken “social justice” hypocrite apparently has no problem bashing America or its leaders accusing them of attempting to divide the country.
Especially concerning the likes of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem. Then the Los Angeles Lakers superstar had no trouble coming to the defense of the lackluster quarterback vilifying President Trump during a CNN interview.
“Trump is dividing us and what I’ve noticed over the last few months. He’s kinda used sport to kinda 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 and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.”
The three-time NBA champion continued his verbal assault on the President once calling him a “bum” then exclaiming he would never go to the White House, if invited, saying, “I would never sit across from him. I’d sit across from Barack though,” he replied.
However, when it comes to Communist China and their leaders this “social justice” advocate has no problem singing their praise.
The dust-up and subsequent backlash on social media, began when James inserted himself into the China/NBA controversy by condemning Daryl Morey’s initial tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters.
“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.”
Adding, “I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
Those statements immediately lit up social media, creating once again a firestorm regarding the NBA, and in particular, multimillionaire players like James using their immense public platform, cherry-picking their brand of “social justice,” while ignoring others, all because of their bottom-line.
The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson pointed out that all Morey tweeted was a graphic saying, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”
“Reminder that this was the extent of Daryl Morey’s tweet”
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) October 15, 2019
Another irate post condemning James for his ignorant comments about China’s human rights abuses came from Allie Beth Stuckey, tweeting, “Educate us then, @KingJames. What do you know about China that we don’t? We know about the Chinese imprisonment, torture & execution of Christians and Muslims. We know about the jailing of dissenters. We know the violent threats toward Hong Kong. What are we missing, Wise One?”
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 15, 2019
The firestorm continued with scores of individuals on social media lambasting both the NBA along with Lebron James ridicules comments.
However, true to Alexander Pope’s iconic line “foolish” James “rushed in” with another tweet attempting to justify his position.
“My team and this league just went through a difficult week,” James wrote. “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
What James was alluding too was that Morey’s initial tweet interfered with LeBron’s scheduled performance in adding to his bank account.