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Hong Kong protesters burn LeBron James jerseys amid backlash

LeBron James is facing a fierce backlash over his comments that condemned Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s recent tweet in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Now, the protesters themselves are reacting to the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s controversial statements.

Evidence has begun surfacing on social media showing protesters burning various James jerseys. Demonstrations of solidarity with Morey were also evident during protests that have broken out since James criticized the Rockets GM.

James ignited the firestorm — literally and figuratively, it seems — by stating Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand” and “either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” before issuing the tweet.

The blowback to the latest NBA-China controversy spawned by James led to accusations that he was more interested in his personal profiteering from China’s rabid interest in the NBA via Nike and the like as opposed to freedom of speech and democracy.

James later attempted to walk back his remarks in a series of tweets.

Given the ongoing backlash in the U.S, not to mention the Hong Kong protesters’ response, the case can be made that the damage, as it were, was already done.