The NBA’s popularity has fallen dramatically with LeBron James as the face of the league.
His pursuit of “wokeness” has turned off millions of fans.
And James won’t like the result of one shocking survey.
In 2015, NBA superstar LeBron James talked about how he’d never really had any negative interactions with the police.
During an interview, he said that he would tell his sons to be respectful to the cops, and everything would largely be fine.
Then Colin Kaepernick began the anti-American anthem protest in 2016.
Since then, James and other athletes have become super “woke.”
James has been one of the leaders of a dangerous anti-police movement that has ultimately resulted in more black people being killed as police officers have either retreated from communities or left the force altogether.
James’s politicking is one of the reasons he was surveyed as the most hated player in the NBA, but a new survey shows he’s the most hated athlete, period.
“For its top 20 list, betting news company Pickswise combed through 500,000 negative messages posted over the last year that were aimed at athletes on Twitter and discovered that LeBron James was the most hated athlete of them all, and it wasn’t even close…James received thousands of times more abuse on Twitter than any of the others on the list. Indeed, James was the target of more negative tweets (122,568) than the combined tweets (106,599) of the other four of the five most abused players.”
James has also taken a hit in popularity because of his craven defenses of the Chinese Communist Party as they become more authoritarian.
Nike is beholden to the vast Chinese market, which is why they’re so keen on beating up on America while staying conspicuously quiet on China.
Pickswise’s list of host hated athletes on Twitter:
LeBron James (122,568 abusive tweets)
Marcus Rashford (32,328 abusive tweets)
Tom Brady (28,151 abusive tweets)
Kevin Durant (24,370 abusive tweets)
Bubba Wallace (21,750 abusive tweets)
Damian Lillard (20,904 abusive tweets)
Trevor Bauer (14,083 abusive tweets)
Cristiano Ronaldo (11,757 abusive tweets)
Steph Curry (11,203 abusive tweets)
Mesut Ozil (11,192 abusive tweets)
Fans are sick and tired of being preached to by overprivileged athletes who are long on righteous indignation and short on gratitude.
People don’t tune into games to be lectured to by pampered athletes.
The progressive message being crammed down fans’ throats is one of the reasons why the NBA’s favorability has fallen under water with Republican voters.
Conversely, they haven’t gained any Democrat support.
Alienating half the country for zero gain in viewership is terrible business, but that’s what happens when politics becomes the driving force of top-down decision-making.
Get woke, go broke.
The NBA’s top spokesman is the most hated athlete on social media, which is a terrible look for the sport.