The fallout continues for NBA superstar LeBron James who sided with Communist China in the country's ongoing conflict with Hong Kong.
On Monday, LeBron commented about the tweet sent by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey who said he supported Hong Kong.
LeBron chastised Morey, saying he was "not educated" enough to speak on the situation in Hong Kong.
The backlash was swift.
Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets wearing LeBron face masks and waving 100 Chinese yuan bills.
Protesters accused LeBron of being a capitalist who chooses money over basic human rights. China has been accused of executing Muslims and anyone who speaks out against the regime.
Among LeBron's critics is Khalilah Ali, a Muslim who was married to the late boxing champ Muhammad Ali from 1967-1976.
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In an interview with TMZ, Ali expressed her disappointment in LeBron, saying LeBron is no Muhammad Ali.
Khalilah Ali said her late husband would have handled the NBA-China situation differently. She also believes that LeBron should support people "who are standing up for their rights."
Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and sentenced to prison rather than be inducted into the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam.
He famously said, "I ain't got no quarrel with them VietCong. No VietCong ever called me nigger."
Referring to Hong Kong protesters burning LeBron's jerseys in the streets, Khalilah Ali said of her ex-husband: "They would not take Muhammad Ali's shorts and burn them anywhere, it would never happen."
You either love LeBron James or you hate him. The NBA superstar has a habit of infuriating fans with his opinions on everything from politics to tacos.
The latest drama began last week when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took sides in the ongoing conflict between China and Hong Kong. In a now deleted tweet, Morey angered the Chinese by saying he stands with Hong Kong.
LeBron uncharacteristically remained silent despite the prodding by the news media to say something.
On Tuesday, the 34-year-old father of three broke his silence by saying Morey wasn't "educated" enough to speak on Hong Kong.
The backlash was swift. LeBron is the only active NBA player to have his jerseys burned on 2 continents.
Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets wearing LeBron face masks and waving 100 Chinese yuan bills. Other protesters torched and walked all over LeBron's jerseys in a sign of disrespect.
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Critics say LeBron sided with the Chinese to protect his financial interests over there.
According to the Daily Caller, LeBron pressured NBA commissioner Adam Silver to punish Morey.
The news media went on the attack, accusing LeBron of choosing money over basic human rights.
LeBron James Looks Like a Fraud The National Review.
LeBron James' only concern is LeBron James - The NY Daily News.
LeBron James's Big Miss on China - The Wall Street Journal.
Most Disgraceful Moment of Career - USA Today.
LeBron Bows to Communists - DrudgeReport.
The superstar also faced major backlash on social media platforms Twitter.com and Instagram.com.
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NBA superstar James Harden apologized to China on Monday for a tweet his general manager sent out on Friday. Unfortunately, his apology wasn't good enough.
The National Basketball League scrambled to get back on China's good side after the Chinese government blocked live broadcasts of NBA games on Monday. China was offended after Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey tweeted that he chose democracy over Communism.
In the now-deleted tweet, Morey also supported Hong Kong, where pro-democracy demonstrators continue to protest in the streets against the pro-Chinese sector and the Hong Kong Police Force.
The Rockets are in Tokyo, Japan to play 2 pre-season exhibition games against NBA champions Toronto Raptors.
China banned live broadcasts of NBA pre-season games hours after Harden apologized for Morey's tweet.
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Harden, pictured left with teammate Russell Westbrook, said, "We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love," Harden said.
He added: "We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you."
The Chinese government was further disappointed when NBA commissioner Adam Silver insisted he wouldn't gag owners or players from speaking their minds.
"The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way," Silver said in a statement on Tuesday.
Morey's tweet resulted in the NBA losing advertisers and lucrative sponsorships, including Tiffany's jewelry.
The normally very opinionated NBA superstar LeBron James has so far remained silent on the controversy.