Led by LeBron James, Players Slammed NBA Chief Silver for Pro-Democracy Tweet

The NBA’s reputation is taking another hit with news breaking that LeBron James and other NBA players slammed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for not punishing a league official for tweeting his support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

You read that right. NBA players who always seem to parade themselves as progressive activists who care about human rights attacked the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

And they were led by “fake ass” LeBron James.

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Let me explain that “fake ass” comment. The jab comes from loud-mouthed actor Michael Rappaport who has been calling LeBron James a fake progressive activist for year. Looks like the profane Rappaort is finally right about something. It is a rare occasion, so I just had to note it.

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This week, James slammed the NBA for not punishing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for his tweet in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. NBA chief Silver made Morey delete the tweet and apologize, but also said that Morey would not face any other punishment.

That stuck n LeBron James’ craw.

“There would be repercussions the player has to pay. You know, potentially this tweet could cost the NBA hundreds of millions of dollars. That could come out of the players’ pockets, and so that’s the double standard that was being addressed in that meeting,” James recently said.

So… LeBron only cares about the money? He doesn’t care to support people who just want to stop China from imprisoning them, beating them, torturing them, and killing them?

Yep. “Fake ass” activist LeBron James, indeed.

James was not alone in slamming Silver for the incident.

In a meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, players from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers reportedly attacked the league for allowing Daryl Morey to get away with praising the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, according to a report.

During the meeting reportedly held last week, the players slammed Silver for saying Houston Rockets general manager Morey would receive no punishment for tweeting, then deleting, his support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

According to ESPN, the players were upset that Morey was let off the hook. “Several players said they believed that if a player had cost the NBA millions of dollars because of a tweet, there would be repercussions,” ESPN reported.

Apparently, the players were not worried that their league was cooperating with the world’s biggest human rights abuser, nor were they upset that the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong were being threatened, jailed, and maybe even killed by a partner of the NBA.

The players were only concerned with the series of canceled deals between China and the NBA. After Morey’s tweet gained international attention, China and its national basketball association cancelled several exhibitions and other deals with the Houston Rockets and the NBA.

Nike also jumped into the controversy by pulling all Houston Rockets merchandise from its outlets in China.

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