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LeBron James is great at basketball, but that’s not at all he’s great at. He has also been great at dividing his fan base, according to OutKick founder Clay Travis.
In fact, James ranks near the top of 21st century athletes when it comes to ticking off people, Clay surmised on the Clay Sexton & Buck Sexton Show on Thursday.
James’ latest foray into non-basketball topics came on Twitter (where else?), when he weighed in on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. James has been viewed as a major hypocrite by both those who oppose his stances and even some of those who support him.
While he speaks out against social injustices, he has refrained from saying anything about the massive human rights violations and slavery going on in China, a country which pays him millions in sneaker and merchandising sales.
Nowhere is the NBA as popular as it is in China, and the entire league is trying to keep the relationship — and controversy that comes with it — on the down-low as much as possible. James is the NBA’s most popular player, and while he offers plenty of takes on social justice, he clearly is averse to mentioning things that might impact his bottom line.
“There’s a very strong argument that LeBron has done more as an athlete to divide America than maybe any athlete in the 21st century,” Clay said. “(Colin) Kaepernick probably is No. 1 on this list, but LeBron James is up there to a high degree.”
Check out Clay’s full thoughts in the video below and find more on the Clay & Buck Show at their website.