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South Park takes shot at LeBron James over China comments”

During the first TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he's willing to deal with the business consequences of Daryl Morey's October 4 tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who participated in the NBA's trip to China, criticized Morey for failing to consider the "ramifications" of his tweet, including the potential financial cost. Silver further inflamed tensions at the time by supporting Morey's right to free speech, telling reporters that the league wouldn't police what people can say. "And he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but emotionally, physically and spiritually".

Leaving a final decision to the USA government on an ethical issue could open another area for criticism, but Silver says the league has always seen engagement as a positive value for uniting people - one that has also proven very profitable. "Others can talk about that".

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On the mental health front, under the NBA's initiative the league will require "a certain complement of mental health professionals at every National Basketball Association team", Silver said. I tweeted out responses to people not understanding my knowledge and where it came from with my brain and learning from the situation. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. "Could have waited a week to send it".

James also reportedly objected to Morey not being disciplined by the league like players are when they are fined or suspended. James then pivoted to complain about the fact that although Morey posted the tweet, and Silver runs the league, the players are the ones forced to deal with the fallout most directly (a fair point, by the way). "One of the things you always do in one of these preseason overseas trips is to try to promote the team building aspect of it, so we did some things like that as well".

"I know some mental health professionals hate when I use the word stigma", says Silver. Instead of lecturing Morey about being misinformed and uneducated on the Hong Kong issue, Lebron should promise to have lessons on China Communism vs U.S. Democracy and free speech at the school and attend them.

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