A Virginia-based watchdog group ‘National Legal and Policy Center’ was poised to purchase space on five billboards during the NBA finals calling out the Lakers hypocrite superstar LeBron James for his refusal to speak out against Chinese human-rights abuses.
Unfortunately, the billboard ad showing hypocrite LeBron James with a Chinese flag covering his mouth and the message, “Silence is Violence,” was rejected by the billboard’s owners, Outfront Media, after succumbing to the pressure put on them by the NBA, and Los Angelos Lakers.
The billboards were set to be displayed near the entrance to the NBA Bubble near Orlando, Fla., where James’ LA Lakers are battling the Miami Heat for the NBA championship.
“We cannot accept the ad as it is right now,” wrote the rep for Outfront, adding that the company would only put up the billboards if the NLPC agreed to remove the baller’s image. “The Chinese flag is Ok, and the silence is violence is ok,” he said.
But the conservative think tank is standing its ground. “Some messages are too important to be suppressed,” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of NLPC. “When it comes to human rights in China, silence is indeed violence. We should be able to call LeBron on his hypocrisy without this censorship.”
Hypocrite LeBron James
James, who often speaks out about race and police brutality in the US, came under fire last year when he criticized the Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey for expressing his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.
James said at the time.
“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation.
So many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually, so, just be careful what we tweet, what we say, what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negative that comes from that.”
The comments sparked outrage among Hong Kong protesters but were praised by Chinese Communist officials. James has a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike, whose Chinese-made products in his name have brought in hundreds of millions of dollars.
Last week, James, whose net worth is $480 million, reportedly bought a $36 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
According to an extensive new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a think-tank founded by Australia’s government-linked Nike to China using their subjected Uyghur ethnic minority as slave labor in some of their factories.
The report found that under conditions that strongly suggest forced labor, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 82 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing, and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen.
A spokesman for Nike laughably declared the company “takes very seriously any reports about forced labor and we have been engaging with multi-stakeholder working groups to assess collective solutions that will help preserve the integrity of our global supply chains.”