After three tests, outspoken leftist LeBron James has tested positive for the coronavirus.
His team chartered a private jet so James could fly back to Los Angeles. He’s expected to miss several games.
James initially tested positive for COVID-19 using a lateral flow test, but a follow-up PCR test produced a negative result.
A third tie-breaker test came back positive.
James has been under fire lately after being thrown out of a game for giving a dirty elbow to the face of Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart. He only received a one-game suspension.
The NBA star, who many young children view as a role model, was also fined $15,000 last week for making an obscene gesture on the court to mock his opponent.
After scoring points, James proceeded to grab his genitals and dance his way down the court.
In recent weeks, James also faced backlash for mocking teenager Kyle Rittenhouse of Wisconsin while falling silent on the disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shaui.
Following the not-guilty verdict in the Rittenhouse trial, James took to social media again to repost a quote from NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace.
“Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life… hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad,” Wallace wrote to Instagram.
LeBron James shared the response and added shouting emojis to emphasize the message.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all five charges he faced, including first-degree homicide. His attorneys argued he was acting in self-defense in August 2020 during three nights of violent “Black Lives Matter” riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin that destroyed businesses and private property.
Although LeBron James and the NIKE company are regularly outspoken about left-wing “social justice initiatives” in America, they are often silent about their own ties to China where there are ongoing human rights violations.
After she publicly accused a former Chinese government senior official, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault, Peng Shaui went missing on Nov. 2.
She claimed that she was forced to have sex with Gaoli despite her refusals.
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The NBA, LeBron James and Nike have also come under fire in recent years for their ties to China. Most recently, Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter called out both Nike and James in social media posts saying China operates “SLAVE labor camps” and also wore a pair of shoes showing James bowing down to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Prominent feminist organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the “me too. Movement” have also not addressed her disappearance or responded to requests for comment on the matter.
Her accusation on social media was removed within minutes and her disappearance sparked international outrage and concern aimed at the Chinese government. She resurfaced on Friday in photos circulated by an employee of Chinese state television and also had a video call with Olympic officials over the weekend, who claimed that she is safe.
Peng “thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.
But others have pointed out that photos and videos are not proof she is safe and free.
“Messages like these are meant as a demonstration of power: ‘We are telling you that she is fine, and who are you to say otherwise?’” Mareike Ohlberg, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, wrote on Twitter. “It’s not meant to convince people but to intimidate and demonstrate the power of the state.”
“These photos and videos can only prove that Peng Shuai is alive, but nothing else. They cannot prove that Peng Shuai is free,” Teng Biao, a Chinese civil rights lawyer, told the New York Times.