The online platform LIHKG, the forum favored by Hong Kong’s protestors, was awash with criticism and handwringing Tuesday. “Has he been brainwashed by the Chinese Communist Party’s fake news or has he been bought?” wrote one user.
“I really cannot believe that someone from the U.S. would not cherish the precious freedom of speech they have,” added another.
One of James’ tweets from 2018 quoting Martin Luther King Jr. went viral in Hong Kong Tuesday in a stream of sarcastic retweets.
Said one user on LIHKG: “Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights, but LeBron James supports totalitarianism?”