There are certain mysteries we must solve here at the sports department on the Good Pirate Ship RedState, which is located someplace below decks. When will the Rams begin to succeed? In 2023, where will Aaron Judge reside? How many times do we have to inform Karl the Kraken that he still has a ways to go before he can begin printing playoff tickets? Finally, when will LeBron James understand that there are some things that are best left unsaid?
James' most recent case of Nike-in-mouth illness occurred as he advocated for Kyrie Irving, a former teammate and current NBA outcast.
💭 I told you guys that I don’t believe in sharing hurtful information. And I’ll continue to be that way but Kyrie apologized and he should be able to play. That’s what I think. It’s that simple. Help him learn- but he should be playing. What he’s asked to do to get back on
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 10, 2022
Let's now go through some history. The Brooklyn Nets suspended Irving for ostensibly endorsing the on-demand movie "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America." No, I haven't watched it, and I don't intend to. Drew Magary of SF Gate handled the grunt work for us (warning: cartoon liberal writer):
If the movie is to be believed, you are in Louis Farrakhan territory. Therefore, you are a biased idiot. However, it is not against the law to be a bigoted idiot. Unfortunately, yes. Lampoonable, without a doubt. but not unlawful.
With a biased idiot, all you can do is force-feed them the truth. Show them the footage from the camps. Go to Dachau with them. Bring in real Biblical experts and historians to refute the myth that black people are the original Hebrews with facts. If the bigoted idiot won't accept the truth, you can publicly shame them all you want. However, you cannot make them unlawful.
You also cannot virtually execute one form of hate speech while shrugging off another. Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns, used the justification that "if it's acceptable for blacks to call each other " "that," which caused James to flip his wig. The argument can be made, but it's a hill of fatally weak sauce stupidity. The same goes for saying that someone who supports antisemitic propaganda is not deserving of harsh criticism. The alphabet is neither the beginning nor the end of unacceptable offensiveness.
Silver questioned openly why Amazon continued to sell and rent the movie during the same conversation. The same reason you can purchase "Mein Kampf" there, most likely. Hiding or trying to change history serves no use. Such matters merit full disclosure. Kyrie Irving is not the first person to believe enticing lies, nor will he be the last. He's actually done us a favor by making the movie public. LeBron James needs to adopt a similar perspective.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Red State.