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Andrew Bogut calls out LeBron James for hypocrisy over China situation

Andrew Bogut

LeBron James has been heavily criticized by fans and the media for the first public comments he made on the situation between the NBA and China, and now one of his peers has weighed in.

Andrew Bogut, who spent a brief time as LeBron’s teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, sent a cryptic tweet on Tuesday that was clearly directed at LeBron. He emphasized what many others have been saying — that some people are willing to stand behind a social movement until it directly impacts their own financial situation.

LeBron considers himself to be a leader in the social justice movement and has demanded that star athletes get behind those causes and refuse to “shut up and dribble.” But after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, LeBron said Morey was not “educated” about the topic and should have considered the consequences. He also apparently thought Morey should be punished for the tweet, even though the GM was speaking out in favor of free speech like LeBron has done in the past.

Bogut’s opinion is one that is shared by many. LeBron has outed himself as a hypocrite by seemingly caring more about China’s business relationship with the NBA — and protecting his own endorsement deals — than standing up for what is right.

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