South Park Brutally Mocks LeBron James Over China Censorship Defense

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2019

In an era when professional sports figures are expected to lend their voices in support of or opposition to various social causes and issues, it's understandable why many folks are now crying foul when some of these same athletes suddenly go silent when money is on the line.

After NBA star LeBron James was skewered for criticizing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese immigrant and author said on Thursday that James is "rightly being criticized".

LeBron James recently gave his thoughts on the subject, suggesting Morey wasn't "edcuted" on the issue at hand.

"I'm not here to judge how the league handled the situation", the 15-time All-Star told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday night.

After a student proclaims, "We have the right to free speech", Eric Cartman declares, "Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself!" mirroring LeBron's defense of Chinese censorship word-to-word.

The picture shows a man wearing a photo of James' face as a mask and holding a Yuan, reflecting the argument from Hong Kong protesters that James cares more about money than for human rights. Fans in China were even seen burning his jersey in the streets.

James, who's considered one of the more outspoken athletes on social justice issues in a league that prides itself on being one of the most progressive in sports, was uncharacteristically deferential to National Basketball Association and Chinese leadership in his remarks about Morey's tweet of the slogan "Fight for freedom".

Let me clear up the confusion. LeBron said Morey was not "educated" about the topic and should have considered the consequences. I'm not discussing the substance.

This sparked a response from Covington, who took the opportunity to go off on James for his comments.

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