In his first comments since the Los Angeles Lakers returned from playing two exhibition games in China, LeBron James attack Rocket’s GM Darryl Morey saying his tweet of the graphic the read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” was “misinformed or not really educated”.
“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.So I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with ... with Daryl Morey. But I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke.So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually.Just be careful what we tweet, what we say and what we do. Yes, we have freedom of speech but there can be a lot of negatives that come with that as well."
In response to LeBron comments, Celtics Center and Turkey native Enes Kanter tweeted “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”.
Kanter also added this about LeBron's comments.
Kanter noted his experience with authoritarian regimes writing that his passport has been cancelled, his father has been imprisoned, he is no longer able to play outside the U.S and he sleeps with a panic button due to death threats.
Yahoo Sports Jack Baer writes “Of course, rather than face the stick from Turkey as Kanter has, they are instead being incentivized by the carrot of Chinese revenue to stay silent about the country’s human rights violations and suppression of democracy in Hong Kong. China’s threat to erase the league from the country like it has the Rockets and so many other dissenters has been effective; no major NBA players have publicly supported Daryl Morey’s tweet of “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong,” lest they lose a significant portion of their paycheck.”