NBA Superstar Small Forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, Lebron James, generated controversy on Tuesday when he attacked the United States for its handling of Brittney Griner’s incarceration in Russia — before quickly walking back his comments on Twitter.
During the trailer for an episode of Lebron’s upcoming HBO show, “The Shop” — set to be released Friday — he offered the idea that Griner might be angry with America.
“Over 110 days, now how could she feel like America has her back?” asked. “I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?'”
So, to get this straight, she would choose a cage over the freest country on earth? That’s radical even for the far-left and Lebron. A fact that must have quickly become apparent to the star athlete, as he almost immediately went into damage control on social media, claiming he was “not knocking our beautiful country.”
“My comments on ‘The Shop’ regarding Brittney Griner wasn’t knocking our beautiful country,” he wrote. “I was simply saying how she’s probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she’s been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 13, 2022
Griner was first detained back on February 17. 2022 by Russian authorities on drug charges. She was allegedly carrying hashish oil vape cartridges in her luggage. Griner has since pled guilty to the drug charges, but still maintains she had no intention of breaking the law, according to Reuters.
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Last week, Griner reportedly petitioned President Joe Biden for help, writing that she is afraid she “might be here forever.”
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have since met with Griner’s wife, Cherelle, pledging their support in freeing Brittney as soon as possible. A public response also came from Biden’s cabinet via Secretary of State Anthony Blinken:
.@usembru officials attended Brittney Griner’s trial today in Moscow. We – and I personally – have no higher priority than bringing her and other wrongfully detained Americans, including Paul Whelan, home. We won’t stop working until they are reunited with their loved ones.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) July 1, 2022
Griner’s Phoenix Mercury Coach Vanessa Nygaardmore offered a more critical response, per USA TODAY.
“If it was LeBron, he’d be home, right? It’s a statement about the value of women,” Nygaardmore said. “It’s a statement about the value of a Black person. It’s a statement about the value of a gay person. All of those things. We know it, and so that’s what hurts a little more.”
All in all, while the Biden Administration’s handling of the situation is controversial and perhaps subpar, that’s no basis for attacking this beautiful country.
It seems Lebron learned his lesson. In the future, it would be wiser for him to attack the administration in charge (as he did so often with Trump), and not this free nation of ours.