News broke on Saturday night that ESPN’s star NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski was suspended by ESPN for one week without pay after he sent a “fuck you” message to Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.
The suspension drew an outcry from NBA fans and NBA players on twitter, getting the hashtag #FreeWoj trending. On Sunday afternoon, LeBron James picked up the hashtag to show support for Woj.
That tweet left him wide open for scrutiny as that same senator called him out by bringing up Hong Kong.
It was in 2019 when the Lakers superstar touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences.
James made his comments in response to a question about whether Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey should be punished for his tweet that reverberated in China and had consequences for the NBA.
“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself.”
He added: “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”