LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Movie Reportedly Denied China Opening, Projected To Lose Millions

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The “Space Jam” sequel starring NBA star LeBron James is reportedly on track to lose more than a hundred million dollars after being shut out from China.

The hit to “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is particularly bad news for James, who infamously stirred up controversy in 2019 when he rebuked Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for supporting Hong Kong protests for freedom, saying, “We talk about this freedom of speech,” but sometimes “there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself.”

Outkick founder and radio host Clay Travis dropped the news on Wednesday.

“Despite LeBron James shutting up & dribbling for Chairman Xi, China still won’t allow Space Jam 2 to air, meaning the movie is likely to lose several hundred million dollars. Should be a massive story. LeBron bent the knee & China still spurned him. Yet media isn’t covering it,” Travis said.

“Space Jam 2 cost $200 million to make and market and will likely only make $60-70 million without China,” he continued. “Meaning LeBron’s movie will lose over a hundred million dollars, at least. China blocking the movie is a huge story. But no one is even discussing it in media. Strange.”

“LeBron ripped the first amendment in the US, declined to speak up for basic human rights in China, & shut up and dribbled for Chairman Xi all to get Space Jam 2 on in China,” Travis added. “And now LeBron won’t even talk about his movie being banned. Because he’s still afraid of upsetting China.”

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” topped “Black Widow” at the box office, bringing in $32 million during its opening weekend, according to Deadline. James was pretty satisfied with that, tweeting out a link to Deadline’s story with the message, “Hi Haters.”