LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James

LeBron James faced immense criticism for his remarks on the Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests raised furore in China, jeopardising the NBA-China relations.

In a press conference on Monday, James said he believes Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey “was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” when he tweeted an image Oct. 4 that said “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” Morey later deleted the tweet.

“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said in response to a question about whether Morey should be punished for his tweet. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself.”

“So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually,” the Los Angeles Lakers man said. “Just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”

The statements by LeBron James received some instant criticism on social media.