[Screenshot from NBA on ESPN, https://twitter.com/ESPNNBA/status/1186834190869942274?]

 

On Tuesday night, ESPN tweeted a video of LeBron James yelling during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Subsequently, some fans aren’t happy.

It was the season opener for the Lakers, and before the anthem was finished, the sports star walked away, shouting, “Let’s go!”

ESPN took it to be the shout of a man fired up to win; do you?

The timing wasn’t particularly good, given the power forward’s recent controversial comments about China and free speech — he called Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweeted defense of Hong Kong freedom protests uneducated, in addition to pointing out the “negative” potential of free speech:


Thus:

In response to his pumped-up walkaway, some outraged onlookers suggested he would’ve been more respectful of the Chinese national anthem.

And there was this:

And, might I say, it’s tremendous.

Moving on…

The tweets of the unenthused:

[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/MaxMiller80/status/1186976698933399554?]

Then there was this, as reported by the Washington Examiner:

The NBA apologized to China before backlash forced NBA commissioner Adam Silver to say they stood by Morey and freedom of speech.

China has said the differences on the issue of free speech might have no “reconciliation.”

The NBA has responded to pressure from China by kicking fans out of basketball games who showed support for the Hong Kong protests and has also banned media from accessing players in China.

China has shut down the airing of the NBA preseason in its country and has threatened future business with the NBA if the league continues to speak against the Communist Party.

Good grief.

LeBron didn’t want anything else to do with the China issue:

“Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the (Morey) tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that.”

Well, now they’re talking about something else.

But it’s still him.

🙁

Do you take LeBron’s shout over the anthem as disrespect? Or was he just too ready to rumble? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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