Twitter goes off on LeBron James’ response to Daryl Morey, China situation
After returning from their trip from China, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James would not play in Monday night’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. He would, however, be available to the media pregame, and he commented on Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey:
Lakers’ LeBron James on NBA’s China controversy: “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.” pic.twitter.com/KKrMNU0dKR
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 15, 2019
Here is LeBron on his belief that Daryl Morey "wasn't informed" on the situation in China, and his thoughts on the consequences that come with free speech pic.twitter.com/JOVRSDzCIg
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) October 15, 2019
Almost immediately after the footage and quotes from LeBron James hit social media, fans let him have it. There are reports that James’ quotes weren’t taken in the correct context or way, but fans are still ripping into him on social media.
Immensely disappointing to see. Certainly doesn't undercut the great work he's done in the United States but hard not to be really disappointed in his stance here. https://t.co/0WD4cATA4B
— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) October 15, 2019
AAAAAAAND WE'RE OFF. https://t.co/eiGdmaawv7
— Jasmine Thomas Fan Acct. (@NekiasNBA) October 15, 2019
Round…. uh… four? I guess? here we go. https://t.co/8ZbpnpEskV
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) October 15, 2019
"When you're not thinking about others, and are only thinking about yourself."
Ironic. Morey's tweet wasn't about himself. It was about people in Hong Kong, who LeBron didn't even mention.
Someone is definitely thinking solely about himself in this situation, that's for sure. https://t.co/pf7irXdQ5u
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) October 15, 2019
This is …. not a good take. https://t.co/ah1GQsR9sW
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) October 15, 2019
All loyalties to the swoosh on his chest. https://t.co/w4I4Sv1NB1
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 15, 2019
"I don't want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey but I'd like to get into a feud with the concept of supporting democratic ideals." https://t.co/h3lXkOk1KU
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) October 15, 2019
Misinformed huh? https://t.co/xkqfz7wzXC
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) October 15, 2019
This is….quite a shocking statement from LeBron https://t.co/QKpCWndzg7
— Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire) October 15, 2019
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) October 15, 2019
It should be no surprise that LeBron Jame$ sides with China over Hong Kong, but it's disappointing all the same. https://t.co/HxanbB7DnH
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 15, 2019
Much more than I expected him to say, but I'm not sure he should have https://t.co/8mxTIk92kN
— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) October 15, 2019
"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 but are only thinking about yourself"…..
He was thinking about others having their rights taken away from an oppressive govt. FOH https://t.co/Ks1Ggt6U46
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 15, 2019
To recall, Daryl Morey sparked controversy earlier this month after tweeting his support of Hong Kong protestors — which is a sensitive topic in China.
The NBA has since taken their position, with Adam Silver emphasizing that the league stands by its values of “equality, respect and freedom of expression.”
LeBron’s comments, meanwhile, came in the wake of their recent trip to China. The Lakers played two preseason games in the East Asian country against the Brooklyn Nets in the past week, although the showdown has been threatened to be cancelled multiple times due to the controversy.
Multiple players and coaches have also reacted to the recent issue with China, including Rockets star James Harden, Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr.