Jason Whitlock’s op-ed is something celebrities, especially athletes, should read. Primarily, it calls out Nike and LeBron James. It doesn’t stop there, though. It calls out “Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe and all the social justice reformers”, too.

In the article’s second paragraph, Whitlock wrote “Demand Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc., bring a significant portion of their manufacturing jobs back to the United States.” In the third paragraph, Whitlock continued, writing “I don’t trust athletes and celebrities to fix the criminal justice system, community policing or other problems well outside their area of expertise.” From there, Whitlock gets into the heavy lifting of the article:

We’re making a mistake allowing athletes and celebrity influencers to set the agenda for the kind of reform and change we want to see in America. Professional athletes and Hollywood elites answer directly to their corporate overlords. They’ve lived inside an elitist bubble since they were teenagers and they don’t care to know what they don’t know. They’re paid handsomely to represent the desires of corporate America.

That’s exactly right. Anyone that thinks LeBron James or Colin Kaepernick have dealt with social justice issues on a personal level is kidding themselves.

From there, Whitlock calls out LeBron James:

LeBron James’ primary employer is Nike, not the NBA. LeBron’s shoe contract is worth more than $1 billion. Every calculated move LeBron makes related to social justice reform, from the Ahmaud Arbery tweets to the Equality T-shirts to the school his foundation partially funds to his decision to remain silent on the Hong Kong protesters, is made with Nike in mind.

Let’s get serious something straight. LeBron James isn’t a patriot. He sided with China because that’s where the shoes that he endorses are made with child labor. That isn’t my definition of a patriot.

Let’s be clear about this. Tweeting about Ahmaud Arbery while making hundreds of millions of dollars off the backs of child labor isn’t making this nation great. It’s playing a lead role in China’s propaganda fight.

Racial unrest in America leading into this presidential election cycle is good for Nike and great for Nike’s primary business market, China. Nike and China are aligned in their dislike of President Trump and his America First mantra.

This alone should be reason enough to vote for President Trump. If China is for something, we should oppose them. The Chinese Communist Party wants to eventually dominate the world. God forbid that happens. If it happens, China will censor anything it doesn’t want in public. But why would LeBron care? He’ll still be rich. He won’t have to worry about the annoying things that the little people will be burdened with obeying. This will get Whitlock virtual universal condemnation from the elitist haters:

As I have stated in previous columns, I do not vote and I have not involved myself in politics. But I will admit President Trump’s America First mantra is consistent with my values. Let me explain.

My mother was a 32-year union factory worker for AT&T’s Western Electric in Indianapolis and Kansas City. Her mother, my grandmother, was a 35-year union factory worker for General Electric’s RCA Corporation in Indianapolis. My father started as a union factory worker for Chrysler Motors in Indianapolis before owning and operating three neighborhood taverns that catered to union factory workers.

Then there’s this:

Global corporations have shipped the values taught and the opportunities provided by manufacturing labor overseas.

My dad didn’t graduate high school. My mom started working in a factory shortly after graduating high school. On the back of factory labor, they raised two sons who graduated from college, have never been in legal trouble, built professional careers and own homes. That’s the American Dream.

LeBron James won’t hesitate in selling the US out if it means extra millions in his bank account. I don’t begrudge a person for making fists full of money. I only begrudge it when he sells out the US of A.

Jason Whitlock is a patriot through and through. LeBron James never will be a patriot. LeBron is what’s wrong with America.

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