Former NBA player Royce White ripped LeBron James for his silence on the Chinese government locking up Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps. White also dunked on former President Barack Obama, and called him a "sellout."
White said, "LeBron James was given a billion dollars by Nike – the establishment, the anti-human neo-liberal, Marxist, globalist establishment – which is also the church of the LGBTQ."
In 2016, Nike gave James a contract said to be worth more than $1 billion.
"He was given this billion dollars to keep his mouth shut about the single greatest humanitarian crisis of our generation," White declared on the "Free Game Sports" podcast. "And that is the 2 million people being placed in the concentration camps in China for no other crime than being Muslim."
Gay McDougall – a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – estimates that 2 million Uyghur Muslims were forced into "political camps for indoctrination" in the western Xinjiang autonomous region, according to Reuters.
White – who unsuccessfully ran for Congress this year in his native Minnesota – said LeBron took that "payoff to shut his mouth."
He said LeBron's massive contract came with a quid pro quo.
"And the quid pro quo is you are the new house negro," White said of James.
White slammed LeBron as a "radical materialist."
White described LeBron and former President Barack Obama as "black bourgeoisie sellouts."
He added, "They are the go-between to the black community, They are the ones that are going to negotiate the terms of our social contract with the establishment from now until whenever."
Last year, White played in the Big3 League. During one of the basketball games, he made a public protest against the Uyghurs being detained in the concentration camps.
White was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft. However, due to mental health issues White only played three games in his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings in 2014. White suffered from an anxiety disorder that caused him to have a major fear of flying – which is a necessity when playing in the NBA.
LeBron has been extremely vocal about social issues, but has been silent about the Uyghur Muslims in internment camps run by the CCP.
A 2020 report claimed Nike and other large American companies had taken advantage of slave labor in China's concentration camps.
LeBron has also been criticized for his silence on China's atrocities by professional basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom.
In October 2021, Freedom challenged LeBron and Nike to confront the Chinese Communist Party for its enslavement of Uyghur Muslims.
Freedom trolled the Los Angeles Lakers legend by wearing sneakers with an image of LeBron bowing to Chinese President Xi Jinping.