Demonstrators set a Lebron James jersey on fire during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.
HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James’ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.
James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech.
The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences.
They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”.
“People are angry,” said James Lo, a web designer who runs a Hong Kong basketball fan page on Facebook. »