Economics Should Never Come Before Freedom

They started digging after Houston Rockets [General Manager] Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the demonstrators in Hong Kong — the brave men and women fighting to keep their liberty as China slowly closes its iron grip on the formerly free British colony. The NBA apologized for Morey’s righteous tweet. They’ve apologized, disgustingly, in English and even more disgustingly in Chinese. They started ejecting fans who openly supported freedom in the face of communist tyranny. Morey had to apologize to the Chinese tyrants. Players apologized. Golden State [Warriors] coach Steve Kerr, who is Superman when it comes to attacking the American president, suddenly turned into a mealy-mouthed worm, drawing a comparison between the 65 million Chinese murdered by the communists and something, something, something about America.

It was appalling crap, and now LeBron James — King James — has turned himself into Chairman James with this stupid statement:

JAMES: We all talked about this freedom of speech. Yes, we ought to have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen. When you’re not thinking about others, you know, and you’re only thinking about yourself. So, I don’t believe — 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, what we say, and what we do even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech there can be a lot of negatives that come with that, too. 

 

Yeah, James tried to explain that away but it just got worse — and the thing is, I don’t even want to pick on LeBron. His job is to put a ball through a hoop; He’s very good at putting balls through hoops — he may be the best putter of balls through hoops since balls were hooped. But I do think the situation … has besmeared not just him and everyone in the sport, not to mention ever-so-woke ESPN, which suddenly went morally dark on the Chinese subject, and Disney, who owns ESPN and isn’t about to lose access to that big ol’ Chinese audience for its films. 

And by the way, let’s not forget the NFL, where all those oh-so-brave Kaepernicks disrespect the American flag. They apologized to China back in 2004 for accidentally airing a … long image of Tiananmen Square during the Super Bowl halftime show. Same exact thing. 

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