LeBron Prematurely Calls Out Musk Over Twitter Deal

Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James quickly weighed in on reports of an increase in derogatory language on Twitter after the finalizing of its purchase by billionaire Elon Musk.

The NBA legend noted a Washington Post report of a 500% increase in using racially charged language after the acquisition. James tweeted that “so many damn unfit people saying hate speech is free speech” just after declaring he does not care who owns the social media platform.

This despite the fact that not one single content moderation change to Twitter has been made.

A Washington Post report asserted that users of other platforms were posting encouragement to flood Twitter with “derogatory slurs.” The study claimed that “bad actors” were attempting to test the social media company’s limits.

James in response tweeted that “I don’t know Elon Musk and, tbh, I could care less who owns Twitter.” He added that if the reports are true, “I hope his people take this very seriously because this is scary.”

This, of course, is the same LeBron James who infamously tweeted “You’re next” concerning a heroic police officer who was later proven to be defending a Black woman being attacked.

Sports writer David Hookstead tweeted his concern if the NBA star asked China “for permission before sending this tweet.”

The four-time league champion drew strong criticism over his silence on China’s brutal repression of religious and ethnic minorities while profiting from the NBA’s close relationship with the communist nation.

James, while throwing his support behind the BLM movement, was notably critical of Hong Kong’s democracy protesters.

In a Friday tweet, Musk declared that his new acquisition will organize a “content moderation council” composed of members with “widely diverse viewpoints.”

He added that there will be no important content decisions or account reinstatements before the council gets together. Musk emphasized that as of yet there have not been “any changes” to the social media platform’s moderation policies.

The day before, as the finalizing of his purchase became official, Musk issued a statement to advertisers saying they do not need to be concerned about Twitter becoming a “free-for-all hellscape.”