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LeBron James goes nuclear on ‘misinformed’ tweets from Rockets GM about China

LeBron James (Photo Credit: Splash News)

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James criticized Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey on Monday, calling him “misinformed” about the ramifications of his now-infamous Hong Kong tweet.

Morey’s Twitter post set the NBA and White House on fire last week, as he tweeted his support of the Hong Kong citizens in their defiance of the Chinese government. But Morey did this just as James and the Lakers landed in China for a preseason game. Morey’s post was deleted soon after it was posted.

Back in the United States, James was asked whether Morey should have been reprimanded for his actions by the NBA:

“We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, and you’re only thinking about yourself,” James, 34, said during a press conference that was attended by the likes of ESPN and CNN.

“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.”

James added that Morey could have swallowed his words for another week until the NBA players returned home and out of harm’s way.

James’ criticism of the Rockets boss incited a powerful backlash from multiple quadrants, including Sen. Rick Scott.

Multiple other Republicans and Democrats sided with Morey’s advocacy of democracy in Hong Kong.

The blowback was intense enough to prompt James to further explain his words on Twitter: