As I wrote yesterday, basketball superstar LeBron James stepped in it bigly on Monday night in response to a question about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s simple statement of support for Hong Kong protesters, which was tweeted on 10/4, just days before James and his L.A. Lakers teammates traveled to China to take on the Brooklyn Nets in two preseason games.
Not only was James’ initial statement an epic fail, but his follow-up two-tweet thread on Twitter actually made matters worse for the future Hall of Famer, as he complained about how Morey “could have waited a week” before sending out his tweet because it had been a “difficult week” for him, his fellow Lakers, and the NBA.
James, who is practically a woke legend in liberal/Democratic/social justice warrior circles, was widely criticized for his hypocrisy on the issue, with many people noting a tweet he posted in January 2018 that included a quote from MLK, Jr. about fighting injustice everywhere and the dangers of remaining silent:
-Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere- Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter- #ThankYouMLK50
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 15, 2018
James tripled down in comments made on Tuesday afternoon, as reported by the USA Today’s Mark Medina:
LeBron James on why he has not spoken out on Hong Kong: “When the issue comes up and you feel passionate about it and you feel like it’s something you want to talk about, then so be it. I also don’t think every issue should be everybody’s problem as well." https://t.co/XD3Asc0NpL
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 15, 2019
It was the video clip of James’ Tuesday comments that Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was responding to when he posted this hilarious but on-point meme:
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) October 15, 2019
I’d say that about sums the situation up for “PeKing James.”
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