LeBron James is one of the biggest athletes in the history of sports. As we all know, he has reached a height in his career where he has a say in things that are not related to basketball. For instance, he was one of the biggest figures to raise awareness about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign in the USA. He has publicly spoken about black discrimination and racism on multiple occasions in the past.
— Ultra Maga Squirrel Mama (@SquillMama) October 6, 2022
We can see that it is evident that LeBron has a platform that is big enough to make an impact. In addition to his rich status, he also has a deep relationship with world-famous brands like Nike, the LA Lakers and many more. It brings one question to our minds; why hasn’t James spoken out about China’s violation of human rights?
Lebron is a slave to china
— Joe the Perv (@PaulKersey2022) October 6, 2022
There have been many reports of people being unhappy with the NBA and King James for their silence on China’s matters. In the past, many fans have questioned why James hasn’t publicly spoken out about how the Asian country treats the LGBTQ and Islamic community when he has what it takes to do so. This time around, a former NBA player, Royce White, has mentioned that LeBron received $1 billion from Nike for his silence.
LeBron James has received mixed responses from fans after allegedly receiving $1 billion from Nike
The entire globe knows of James having a billion-dollar contract with Nike. The former Cavaliers superstar signed a lifetime contract with the brand in 2016. Amid all this, Nike have worked together with the player to open a “LeBron James Innovation Center” at their headquarters in Oregon.
LeBron James opening his Innovation Center at Nike World Headquarters 👟
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 10, 2022
The recent events have led fans to believe that there are huge amounts of money involved between the two parties. After the recent rumors emerged, Twitter has reacted to it. A fan said, “What a hypocrite. Must be nice to cry about systemic racism while you live in a country that literally gave you the opportunity to follow your dreams and make tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. Where do we sign up for that privilege.”
What a hypocrite. Must be nice to cry about systemic racism while you live in a country that literally gave you the opportunity to follow your dreams and make tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. Where do we sign up for that privilege 🤔
— Insurrection Barbie (@DefiyantlyFree) October 6, 2022
It seems like a large number of fans have turned on the 37-year-old after the alleged revelations. Many have said he wouldn’t respond to White’s comments as he is “he’s owned by China, Nike.”
Would love to see how he would respond to this but he won’t b/c he’s owned by China, Nike, etc.
— NYAZTwin (@NYAZTwin) October 7, 2022
As the fan mentioned, the player from Akron has not responded to any of these rumors in the past. They have been floating on the internet for a while now and Bron has not confirmed or denied it. Some of the users believe that the Asian country and the sports brand do not allow him to speak on the matter.
NBA fans weigh in on different theories of LeBron’s activities with China and Nike
A fan tweeted, “I think this is a conspiracy. I don’t think it was a “billion” dollars, but I do believe there was a quid pro quo of keeping things hush hush. Thats why the Chinese corps and government hyped BLM with him. Our demise, Their rise!”
I think this is a conspiracy.
I don’t think it was a “billion” dollars😂, but I do believe there was a quid pro quo of keeping things hush hush.
Thats why the Chinese corps and government hyped BLM with him.
Our demise, Their rise!
— RedDark&Blue (@Red_Dark_N_Blue) October 7, 2022
When the BLM campaign kickstarted, China was one of the entities to public support it. Many thought it was hypocritical of Nike, China and James that they were being selective of what to support.
He’ll just counting that child labor money from Nike.
— Brian Gaither (@SnoWhiteRover) October 7, 2022
To date, none of the concerned parties have addressed any of these claims. But many believe that the NBA star should speak on the matter. The reason for this would be the unrest it has caused among many in the world, including his own fans.