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Clay: LeBron James Saying the NBA and its Fans Don’t Care if Trump Watches is Bad Business

Total187 LeBron James decided to speak out after Donald Trump said during an interview on Fox and Friends that he would no longer watch NBA basketball while players are kneeling during the anthem. “When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and national anthem, what I do personally is turn off More

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Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP

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  1. Thanks, Michael…Hey Clay,
    And that business principle applies across the board, no matter what your product is. But from the athlete standpoint…especially the gatekeeper of the NBA’s conscience, LeFrown, they are so enveloped in bubble wrap and living in an echo chamber that their version of reality is way different from the fans. Trump is trying to say “come back to us”.
    Clay, your book describes in great, and very funny, detail your journey and how mistakes and missteps are the norm in truly learning important business and life lessons…and those missteps should be embraced.
    That’s what’s so amazing…that the business of sports at the highest levels has gone off the rails. Execs who used to be “steady influences” thinking of the long-term are now acting like “the 12th Man” for all kinds of crazy.

    • This principle if applied would explain their China stance – which places profits over personal convictions. While saying China is doing some messed up stuff isn’t much to ask to take their money — the CCP won’t offer that money if they challenge them. The key difference is that the league supporting a political organization is different than the CCP getting up in arms because a single GM said “Free Hong Kong” — they attribute all of it to the NBA. So we in the United States get over the top virtue signalling as our reward.

      • For sure, Ivana…the NBA has become a huge part of the CCP propaganda machine that’s trying to tear down America from without and within by any means necessary…and China reeled in a BIG CATCH of useful idiots when they went trolling.

  2. The world all too often conflates wealth or talent (be it athletic, entertainment, music, etc.) with intelligence. LeBron lacks the self-awareness to step back and think that perhaps his statements alienate half the country. He doesn’t care because the woke brigade think they are on the “right” side of history.

  3. Lebron and the rest of his SJW cohorts apparently are not well equipped at performing Math.
    But with China in the back pocket the NBA may not care. It is the other professional organizations like MLB and the NFL that don’t have China $$$ to fall back on.

  4. I would have loved to see this blowhard play in the 80s much tougher league then guarantee the opposing team would not just step aside and spectate as he drives to the hoop. Laimbeer ,Dumars and company would be waiting to flatten this dude. As far as mental toughness bron is no Michael Jordan give him a crying towel .And oh yeah nobody cares about his stupid opinions .

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