LeBron James under attack for not commenting on China abuses
It was recently revealed through an ESPN investigation that several American coaches have raised concerns about how their Chinese counterparts have been abusing participants of several NBA-affiliated youth basketball camps across China. LeBron has always been known to speak out when it comes to social issues such as this, which is why he has been under attack for his rather unusual non-participation in this particular conversation.
A number of known personalities have taken to the mean streets of Twitter to call out James for what they believe to be an utter showing of hypocrisy from his end.
“For many people, myself included…the idea that the NBA is quote on quote a woke social justice warrior league, yet they are taking billions of dollars from China, is an inherent hypocrisy that the league has to address in some way.”
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) July 30, 2020
— Dan Sileo (@DanSileoShow) July 30, 2020
The fact that the league’s relationship with China has been extremely beneficial for both parties from a financial standpoint — at least prior to the whole Daryl Morey Hong Kong tweet controversy — have led some to believe that the league has been willing to turn a blind eye when it comes to the Chinese and their rather unusual methods. Being the poster boy for the NBA, LeBron James has naturally been dragged into the conversation, with some critics alleging that he too might be protecting not only that of the NBA, but his personal relationship with the billion-dollar market that is China as well.
James is not the only NBA personality that has been called out by some media personalities, with critics also pointing a accusatory finger towards the likes of league commissioner Adam Silver and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
Kudos to @ESPN investigative unit for exposing the truths the @NBA has tried to protect and cover up for a long time. Wonder what #AdamSilver @KingJames @SteveKerr and other outspoken critics of US policies will say about this unholy alliance? https://t.co/7w3gYvKICu
— Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) July 29, 2020
— JimMacKayOnAir (@JimMacKayOnAir) July 30, 2020
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) July 30, 2020
For his part, Steve Kerr has been very active of late when it comes to social justice issues in the United States, which is perhaps why some overly zealous critics expect the Golden State Warriors head coach — who also happens to be one of the most popular teams in China — to also speak out bluntly on this matter.