LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James believes that the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, "was ill-informed or was not really instructed about the situation" or the potential consequences when he issued a tweet in support of prodemocratic protests in Hong Kong
In his first public comments since returning to the Los Angeles Lakers after a week's tour of China – disturbed by Morey's tweet, James gave a broad response when asked if the Rockets executive should be punished for his tweet.
And in his commentary, James did not specifically merit Morrey's position in favor of Hong Kong's sovereignty.RELATED
Instead, the star of the Lakers considered that the international frictions caused by the tweet constitute a warning about the power of social networks.
"Yes, we have freedom of expression," James stressed. “But sometimes, there are ramifications of the negative that can occur when one does not think of others, but of oneself. I don't want to get into a war of declarations with Daryl Morey, but I think he wasn't instructed about the present situation, and he spoke. Many people could be damaged, not only financially, but physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, you just have to be careful about what we t weet, say and do. Although we do have freedom of expression, many negative things can be said that this entails. ”
When asked to clarify his comment, James abounded.
"I think (Morey) was poorly informed or not really instructed about the situation, and if he was, well by him," James said. “But I have no idea. It's just what I think … Sometimes, too, social networks are not the appropriate way to raise things. ”
A spokesman for the Rockets did not respond to a request for comment on the opinion of James, which caused immediate stir in social networks.
Many people perceived the comments as a criticism of the democratic movement in Hong Kong. James issued two tweets on the subject, before the Lakers played a preseason game against Golden State at the Staples Center.
"Let me clear up the confusion," James tweeted. “I don't think the consequences and ramifications of the tweet have been considered, but I'm not discussing the essence of this. Others can talk about it … My team and this league had a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can cause to others. ”