LeBron James Says Rockets GM Daryl Morey is ‘Misinformed’ On China Tweet

Basketball – NBA China Games – Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets – Shenzhen, China – October 12, 2019. Fans are seen wearing LeBron James jerseys with an NBA logo covered by a Chinese national flag stickers during the game. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

As LeBron James spoke, the frustration in his tone and body language increasingly grew.

The Los Angeles Lakers star spent the past week on a preseason trip in China, and the concerns went beyond basketball. It also included the Chinese government and citizens taking offense to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting out support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters just before the trip started.

“I don’t want to get in a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey. But I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said before the Lakers’ preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday at Staples Center. “So many people could have been harmed, not only physically or financially, but emotionally and spiritually. Just be careful what we tweet, what we say and what we do. We do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative things that come with that too.”

James stressed that he did not consider Morey to be “misinformed” about his understanding of the Hong Kong protests. Instead, James believed Morey remained “misinformed” on how China would react to his tweet. James reiterated that message in a pair of tweets shortly after speaking to reporters.

“I believe he was misinformed or not really educated on the situation,” James said of Morey. “If he was, so be it. I have no idea, but that’s my belief. When you say things or do things, you’re doing it and know the things that can be affected by it and the families and individuals that can be affected by it. Sometimes it can be changed as well. Sometimes social media is not a proper way to go about things as well. That’s just my belief.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mark Medina