WATCH: Ted Cruz on LeBron-China: ‘Kissing Up to Tyrants and Murderers Is a Bad Look’

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused LeBron James of “kissing up to tyrants and murderers,” after the NBA star cited the “negative” side-effects of free speech in an interview with reporters Monday night.

James created a storm of controversy on Monday night when he said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” on the China-Hong Kong issue before he sent his message of support to pro-democracy demonstrators.

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In response, the Texan and former presidential candidate told TMZ Sports that it appears James is “more interested in money and making bucks” than fighting for human rights.

“I don’t have a problem with [athletes speaking out on politics]. What I have a problem with is when they don’t know what they’re talking about and they end up defending tyrants.”

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As TMZ Sports reports:

James continues to deal with the fallout from his comments on Monday. On Tuesday, the Lakers forward said he’s “not a politician,” and will not be discussing the NBA-China rift again.

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