Celtics Player Tears Into LeBron, Calls Him ‘Sad & Disgusting,’ Lebron Responds But Stays Silent On China

The sneakers that were made by Enes Kanter, who played against LeBron James on Friday night at TD Garden, screamed volumes about the relationship between the two players.

Xi Jinping, the president of China, was shown on one of Kanter’s shoes, while the other drew attention to James’ statements in 2019 on Daryl Morey’s support for protesters in Hong Kong.

Kanter shared photographs of the customized sneakers on Twitter, even tagging James and Nike on the post. The tweet said, “Money over Morals for the ‘King’ … Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice … They really do ‘shut up and dribble’ when Big Boss (China) says so … Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Boston Celtics, James vaguely responded to Kanter’s remarks during a post-game news conference.

“I think if you know me, you know I don’t give too many people my energy,” James explained. “He’s definitely not someone I would give my energy to. He’s trying to use my name to create an opportunity for himself. I definitely won’t comment too much on that.

“He’s always had a word or two to say in my direction, and as a man, if you’ve got an issue with somebody, you really come up to him. He had his opportunity tonight. I seen him in the hallway, and he walked right by me.”

Throughout the season, Kanter has donned several various custom pairs of sneakers to raise awareness about human rights issues in China, including ones with slogans such as, “Free China” and “Free Hong Kong.” He has also worn sneakers with messages such as, “No Beijing 2022,” “Hypocrite Nike,” and “Made with slave labor”.

Senator Ted Cruz also tore into James on Twitter, saying, “LeBron James has made hundreds of millions of $$. But he still wants more, so much that he is TERRIFIED to say anything negative about the evil communist dictators in China. Enes Kanter is showing more courage than the entire NBA.”

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