by Joshua Ford | 24News
NBA star LeBron James recently spoke out about WNBA player Brittney Griner who recently pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges in Russia.
Griner was stopped at a Russian airport for allegedly having cannabis oil vape cartridges in her luggage, which is illegal in the country and carries a penalty of 10 years in prison.
NBA star LeBron James shockingly said she should rethink whether she even wants to come home to America. “Now, how can she feel like America has her back?” James said. “I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’”
Fellow NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom slammed James for his comments. “”You are free to leave buddy or you can even volunteer for an exchange for her,” Kanter Freedom said. “Some people literally have NO idea what is it like to live in a dictatorship.”
This certainly isn’t the first time that James has made anti-American statements.
James has also a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protests. In the past, James defended China despite its horrific human rights record.
The comment was made on “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” an HBO show featuring James, Jon Stewart, Snoop Dogg, and others. The group sits in a barbershop talking about news, sports, and culture.
James attempted to clarify his remarks by claiming they were not meant to be a criticism of “our beautiful country.”
Kanter Freedom didn’t believe James’ clarification on the issue.
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James previously stoked outrage on the show in 2018 when he labeled NFL’s owners a bunch of “old white men” and accused them of acting like slave masters.
“In the NFL, they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality,” James said. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f*** I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.’”
More recently, he blasted NFL great Drew Brees for saying athletes who kneel during the national anthem were “disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
“WOW MAN!!” he tweeted. “Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute [sic] nothing to do with the disrespect of [America] and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free.”
James also defended China despite its abysmal human rights record when Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey spoke out in support of Hong Kong freedom activists.
“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 [sic] that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself.” He added, “I don’t want to get into a … feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand.”