Dr D's column: Does LeBron James's concern about Daryl Morey's misinformed tweet reflect true American-ness?
The professional basketball player faced criticism for his comments.
I can barely type this out; the tears are streaming down, and the pain is unbearable. The things that I have to face in my life, Doc. The misery and the trauma… Oh, the humanity!
Anyhoo! It was reported about me this week that “LeBron James told reporters that Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was ‘misinformed and not educated on the situation’ in sending a Twitter post that was supportive of anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong”. And that “Morey’s tweet provoked a backlash in China that led to the cancellation of some NBA events and sponsorships in the country and prompted a blackout of exhibition games by the state broadcaster. James, among the sport’s highest-paid stars, suggested Morey should not have spoken out without considering the risks to players and others involved with two exhibition games played in the country”.
This is 100 per cent accurate, Doc. 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. The thing is that so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.
But the opprobrium I have faced for this! What have I done to deserve it?
Dear Mr James,
You are not alone in putting your billions ahead of the rights, courage and lives of the Hong Kong Chinese. Even Apple is doing it. It was said of an empire that it ruled the waves, but for itself, it waived the rules. So true for America today.
(The is one of the leading doctors in the country. He values his privacy, but not of his clients).
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