AceShowbiz - LeBron James took massive heat from basketball fans in Hong Kong. Protesters at the Southorn Playground put the NBA star on blast after he spoke out against Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over his controversial tweet in support of Hong Kong protests.
According to The Associated Press, the Hong Kong crowd cheered as a picture of James was smashed and a jersey bearing his name was trampled and burned. The protesters sang praise for Morey while trashing the basketball player in a chant that was "not printable."
Early this month, Daryl Morey landed in hot water for tweeting his support for Hong Kong protests. Chinese government quckly banned the Rockets from the country. Just last week amid the backlash, LeBron James and his team the Lakers headed to Shanghai for a scheduled exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets.
After James was back home on American soil, the NBA player called out Morey over his anti-China tweet. The basketballer claimed the manager was selfish and "wasn't educated" about China-Hong Kong political clashes.
"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," James said.
He added, "I don't want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And, so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually."
"So, just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do," he went on. "Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too."
James, however, dodged the question on what made him think Morey was "uneducated." He said, "That's just my belief. I don't know. That's my belief. That's all I can say. I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation."
He continued, "And, if he was, then so be it, but I have no idea. That's just my belief that when you say things or do things and you know the people can be affected by it, and the families and the individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed. And, also sometimes social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well. But, that's just my belief."
James later took to Twitter to "clear up the confusion." He posted, "I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I'm not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that."
He wrote in another tweet, "My team and this league just went through a difficult week. 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."