LeBron James’ Comments on Free Speech Reignite China-NBA Controversy
Do you think there are "negative" aspects of free speech?
During a pre-season press conference last week, LeBron James was asked to weigh in on the ongoing China-NBA tweet controversy, and his response sparked some controversy of his own.
Like most of the NBA, James tried to avoid taking sides, but his attempts at deflection still produced some controversial soundbites.
“I don’t want to get into a … feud with Daryl Morey,” James said “but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand...And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and we say, and what we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.”
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Some believe that James’ remarks place him amidst the growing ranks of corporations, celebrities, and influencers seemingly willing to capitulate to China’s economic might.
While the conflict between the NBA and China brought corporate willingness to place profits before country to the forefront of the American conversation, this situation is not unique. Some corporations have been willing to comply with policies from foreign authoritarians and despots for decades, and perhaps longer, all in favor of retaining access to lucrative foreign markets.
Do you think corporate dealings with foreign authoritarian governments are a threat to American freedom? Let us know in the comments.
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