You can now add Ted Cruz to a long list of people who did not appreciate the comments from LeBron James.
TMZ Sports caught up the Senator and and asked him about those comments from LeBron, and he did not mince words as he stated “kissing up to Chinese communists and tyrants and apologizing for murderers, that’s not a good look.”
“The U.S. Senator from Texas went off on LeBron over the NBA star’s comments on China … saying it sounds like Bron’s “more interested in money and making bucks” than standing up for human rights.
“I don’t have a problem with [athletes speaking out on politics]. What I have a problem with is when they don’t know what they’re talking about and they end up defending tyrants.”
LeBron stated Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was “not educated” on the topic before creating an international incident.
“I would encourage LeBron to learn a little bit about the people of Tibet, learn a little bit about Falun Gong the religious persecution and the torture and the horrific human rights abuses that occur in China.”
“Now, that doesn’t mean we should never do business with China,” Cruz says … “but we don’t need to adopt their values. We don’t need to embrace censorship and propaganda, and sadly that’s what the Chinese government wants the NBA to do.”
Cruz left Lebron with this advice for the future:
“If you want to engage on an issue, actually engage on the substance and know what you’re talking about and defend basic principles — freedom is good, democracy is good, human rights are good. And, those principles are eternal and you shouldn’t be willing to sell out freedom because you want to make a few bucks on sneaker sales.”