Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong started burning LeBron James jerseys on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, after the NBA player criticized Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
James claims that there are “negatives” to the American tradition of free speech, citing Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong protestors tweets, which has led many people to believe that these comments were made to try to placate the Chinese.
After all, the NBA makes over $500 million in the Chinese market.
According to ESPN reports, the protestors chanted in support of Morey and criticized James on Tuesday.
It’s no secret that China is seeking to flex in Hong Kong, which the British handed over to in 1997 and is slated to be fully incorporated in its political system by 2047.
Many Hong Kongers recognize this inevitable fact and have taken advantage of the introduction of an extradition bill earlier this year to protest Beijing’s heavy-handed rule.
When the Rockets GM tweeted in solidarity with the Hong Kong protestors, the NBA bowed down to China and had Morey delete his pro-freedom tweet.
On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers star chimed in and criticized Morey for sympathizing with those fighting for freedom and even scoffed at Morey’s free speech rights.
“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James declared. “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,” James claimed, “not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So 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.”
However, supporters of the pro-freedom protestors slammed James’ comments.
“James was trying, you know, to take a side, on the China side, which is, like, ridiculous,” Aaron Lee told ESPN. “He was being honest financially. Financial is money. Simple as that. LeBron James stands for money. Period.”
This latest NBA drama with China should remind people of the toxic influence China is starting to have over American institutions.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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