It also refused to criticize the genocidal dictatorship on the same day reports surfaced that coaches were made to ‘work for China’ in abuse-filled camps.
The Chinese Communist Party ‘fears sunlight. It fears the truth. … Tyranny thrives in darkness,’ said Sen. Ted Cruz in an interview.
Barkley said Daryl Morey was wrong to speak out in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong because it might hurt the NBA’s bottom line.
The NBA’s embrace of Chinese censorship is understandably drawing comparisons to the NFL’s debacle with Colin Kaepernick, but such comparisons are unfair because what the NBA is doing is much worse for two reasons.
LeBron James says Daryl Morey ‘wasn’t educated on the situation at hand’ when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong’s freedom demonstrations. He’s wrong.
When a fourth of your population demands something, there is a serious consequence when nothing happens — when millions of law-abiding people feel their autonomy is at risk.
Free trade with communist nations will defeat every law we have. In a free market with an unfree nation, we have created a competition of systems, and bad systems will drive out good.
ESPN has instructed staff to avoid discussing Chinese politics when covering Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong.
In a time when it looks like political parties couldn’t be more divided in the United States, the NBA’s deeply defective relationship with China is providing some common ground.
The only appropriate response from an American corporation in such a situation is some variation of ‘We stand by our people.’ Period.
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