Greg Gutfeld went in on LeBron James during Monday’s episode of Fox News’ “The Five”, criticizing the basketball player for not speaking out on the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus.
While James has chosen to be vocal on a range of issues in the past, he is oddly silent on anything that involves China.
The NBA has notoriously tight ties with China, as they outpace the U.S. in viewership for big games.
“LeBron James can have a discussion about certain things that are happening in America, but because of this cost and this investment, he can’t have that discussion in China which makes him look like a filthy hypocrite,” Gutfeld fired off.
The criticism comes on the heels of renewed interest in the source of the coronavirus under the Biden administration despite Democrats’ and the mainstream media’s dismissal of former President Trump’s call for an investigation into the origins of the virus as a conspiracy.
The Five’s panel then contemplated whether or not other stars will fall in line and refuse to place pressure on China in favor of their own financial interests abroad.
Co-host Jessica Tarlov pointed out that just a few weeks ago, the U.S. could have exacted pressure on China to get some answers, but money seems to be the culprit for putting everything on hold. She continued, “Money is it. That’s all we care about and we continue to push back in the South China Sea…. and if it’s got to be money it’s got to be these private corporations. So we’re looking at Nike, Apple, at the athletes that represent them, et cetera. I think that is probably where we’re going to end up after we get through this latest round of the WHO report. “
Another co-host, Dagen McDowell, expanded on Tarlov’s point saying that private and multinational corporations view China as their “golden goose”. The organizations, she explains, “will literally do anything to curry favor with the Communist Party of China”.
James has used his platform in the past to speak out on different social issues and policy issues, often resulting in embarrassing gaffes for the player.
Just last year, James kowtowed to the Chinese Communist Party when he called out Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, for his support for the pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong claiming Morey was “not educated on the situation”.
The basketball star freely bowed to the CCP’s efforts to censor the Hong Kong protestors and silence any NBA officials who voiced criticism of the regime’s efforts.
Lebron expanded on his view, “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. I don’t want to get into a…feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand when he spoke.”
Free speech is free speech and Morey appeared to be thinking about the millions oppressed at the hands of the CCP. Perhaps James should stick to shooting hoops instead of fallacious commentary.
Protestors in Hong Kong retaliated by burning Lebron’s jersey.
In 2018, James was one of the players who supported players who kneeled during the national anthem. He said of NFL team owners “In the NFL, they just got a bunch of old, white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality.”
Neither James nor the NBA have spoken out on China’s accountability or efforts to trace the origins of the coronavirus.
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