While LeBron James spoke with reporters about the Lakers’ 130-108 loss to the Celtics, he also made it clear that he would not give any of his energy to Celtics forward Enes Kanter, who recently called out Los Angeles’s superstar.
“He’s definitely not someone I would give my energy to,” James said. “He’s trying to use my name to create an opportunity for himself.”
On Thursday, Kanter wrote in a tweet, sharing that James was built on “money over morals.”
“Sad and disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice,” Kanter tweeted. “They really do shut up and dribble when Big Boss says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”
During pregame warmups, as James was putting up shots inside TD Garden on Friday night, Kanter walked past him on the court. Kanter wore the shoes depicting James during Friday’s matchup. James told reporters that Kanter should approach him directly.
“He’s always had a word or two to say in my direction, and as a man, if you’ve got an issue with somebody, you really come up to him,” James said. “He [Kanter] saw me in the hallway tonight and he walked right past me.”
Kanter has been very outspoken against Nike co-founder Phil Knight and the company’s alleged forced labor links in China.
“Nike remains vocal about injustice here in America, but when it comes to China, Nike remains silent,” Kanter said, in a post which featured the hashtags #HypocriteNike and #EndUyghurForcedLabor.