LeBron James is the king — of hypocrisy when it comes to China

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Nike’s latest TV ad is another clever peek at personal empowerment and remains prevalent despite detractors.

Centered around Memphis Grizzlies star Jaa Morant, the professional Various people suspect that Morant may continue his stellar game, to which one always gives the cheeky reply, â ???? ,

Yes, Nike believes anything is possible???? As long as it doesn’t involve doing anything to overthrow one of the world’s most despicable oppressive regimes.

The bizarre hypocrisy of the Nike-NBA industrial complex and its biggest star, LeBron James, has been underscored in recent weeks by Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter, who has been on a one-man crusade against the Chinese Communist Party and is very cowardly Or greedy to call it out.

James A???? The owner of four NBA Championship rings, who have made tremendous appearances in 10 NBA Finals and are probably the greatest of all time???? Takes views of all kinds of public controversies and does not hesitate to air them as long as they are comfortably within the fashionable awakened consensus.

On China, however, he is silent. So are his employers. They all portray themselves as champions of social justice and courage and effort, but their commitment to these causes and values ​​stops at the water’s edge. And on their bottom line.

When, a few years ago, the NBA threw the Houston Rockets general manager under the bus for tweeting in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, King James called him “not educated on the situation.” ,

Lakers Forward Confirmed Right to Free Speech???? At least he???? Something is there ???? But having said that we have to be careful what we say. One????So many people, one???? He warned, “???? could be harmed not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. A????

LeBron James walks off the court after a game against the Detroit Pistons on November 28, 2021.
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Never has there been so much damage to a small message of public support for the plucky idealists about to be steamrolled by an authoritarian government.

During the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, by the way, James mocked Rittenhouse’s tears on the stand, suspecting they were real???? Apparently because he is a specialist in what constitutes the real signs of post-traumatic stress.

If Rittenhouse had any control over whether a huge market would be open to James and the corporations affiliated with him, the Lakers star would certainly remain silent.

When Cantor tweeted, â????Money over morals for the ???King, â????â???? And wearing sneakers depicting James bowing down to be crowned by Chinese dictator Xi Jinping during the Celtics-Lakers game, James brushes it off. He accused Kanator of trying to create an opportunity for himself by using my name. One ????

Basically, calling Kanter’s activism, his league, and a massively influential corporation, does everyone say they value???? A lone, unwarranted campaign against good interests also settled to challenge a powerful entity that was doing blatant injustice.

After Nike was hit in China for a relatively anodyne statement expressing concern about forced labor in Xinjiang – ???? The area which is the abode of governance???? Suppression of Uighurs – ???? The company’s CEO said that Nike is a brand of China and is for China.

Nike lobbied Congress to weaken an anti-forced labor bill aimed at stopping a massive human-rights abuse lest the corporate giant be inconvenienced too much.

A???? says who? A???? The new Nike ad asks. Obviously, the Chinese rule.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on November 26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
LeBron James is the owner of four NBA Championship rings, has appeared in 10 NBA Finals and is probably the greatest of all time.
Juan Ocampo / NBAE via Getty Images

A????You can’t stop us, A???? An ad that went viral last year. Well you really can do, provided you are an authoritarian bully with a huge consumer base.

a ???? just do it ???? The most iconic Nike ad of all is gone. No, second thoughts, itâ??s better â????just donâ????tâ???? If this angers the government that bans a star athlete after an official accused of sexual assault and preparing to invade a neighboring country.

If China were to take Taiwan, wouldn’t the NBA, Nike or LeBron James do anything about offering vague expressions of concern and complicating the situation?

We know for sure what Ans Cantor would say. That’s why he deserves a Nike ad celebrating his one-and-done truth-telling and why, of course, he’ll never get it.

Twitter: @RichLowry

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