LeBron James had trolled Mike Pence for the fly incident in the Vice Presidents’ debate. Jason Whitlock called him Black Donald Trump after that.
Whitlock is a former Fox News guy who saw the platform as too tame for his opinions to fly. Fox didn’t renew his contract in 2018, and ever since, he’s released his own website called Outkick. It’s a place where he routinely claps on LeBron for clout and reads. Sometimes, he does manage to do it to the point.
Whitlock is especially critical of James for his involvement in Black Lives Matter. For him, this is a movement that has no place in American society. Whitlock firmly believes that systemic racism is no longer a thing in USA.
You are most likely at halftime of your early game, which means you have time to read @WhitlockJason destroy LeBron James — who he calls a puppet for a global corporation and Democratic politicians. https://t.co/d6eBIc66wj
— OutKick (@Outkick) October 10, 2020
Jason Whitlock denounces LeBron James as ‘black Donald Trump’
Whitlock’s article has certain valid criticisms of James for sure. As an example, reading this –
“This is textbook Trump behavior. Remember two years ago when Trump called Haiti a “shithole” country, and the mainstream media said his comment was proof of bigotry?”
“Is LeBron’s IG post proof of bigotry? It’s certainly proof of immaturity and hypocrisy.”
In isolation, the above statements makes tons of sense. Whitlock does, however, go overboard after this when he says:
“LeBron fashions himself as a dignified statesman, role model, political activist and champion of racial equality. He is every bit as crude, undignified and inarticulate as our sitting president. James writes and speaks at a third-grade level. The athletic privilege he’s enjoyed since about age 10 has spoiled and pampered him the same way wealth privilege spoiled and pampered President Donald Trump.”
“What’s worse is James’ actions and public pronouncements are far more racist and racially divisive than the president’s.”
Neither of the above statements are true when you examine the facts. This seems more to be Whitlock projecting his bias against LeBron onto 2 situations with little parallel.