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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement on Thursday New York Times His league is not soft on China and denies allegations that it is blackballing critic and former player Anes Kanter Freedom. In terms of the league’s action on both issues, its claims are low on the credibility meter.
Commissioner Silver said “virtually every major US company” is doing business with China and asked, “Why is the NBA being branded as a company that should boycott China now? It is very difficult for the league to practice foreign policy,” Silver said.
China is the NBA’s biggest market, and when people hired by the NBA team criticized that ruthless nation, it banned local broadcasting. That’s how the NBA lost money by angering China. Former Houston general manager Daryl Moore, in 2019, advocated for independence in Hong Kong, and China shut down all NBA broadcasts that season. In 2021, Freedom launched a campaign against China and its human rights abuses, which led to a ban on Boston Celtics broadcasting in that country. The NBA knows that this will surely please its Chinese masters.
Silver also refused to acknowledge the League’s hypocrisy in withdrawing from Russia and maintaining business dealings with China’s communist dictatorship.
No one is asking the NBA to “practice foreign policy.” It is an air ball coup-out. No one is asking the NBA to get involved in domestic policy, and it is doing so through its violent social justice activism and partisan politics. The problem is that the NBA views China’s human rights abuses differently in order to protect a lucrative source of revenue. It benefits on principle.
Dylan Gwinn, who writes for Breitbart, said, “However, as a private business, the NBA does not need the US government to issue a boycott of China for the league so that they can move away from its dealings with the communist country.”
The NBA “has found a place for itself as a Premier American Social Justice League in the last two years and has secured it in many ways,” Gwyn wrote. “So if a league that claims to be the champion of human rights and justice earns millions of dollars a year doing business with the world’s most infamous human rights and justice, why not increase it?”
For Independence, he joined Celtics as a free agent at the start of the current NBA season. Using Twitter, television interviews and designer basketball shoes, he has sharply criticized China. He demanded freedom for the slaves of Tibet and China. His playing time was reduced, and earlier this year, Boston traded him to Houston. The rocket quickly released him. His anti-China activism seems to have cost him his NBA career.
Silver says of Freedom: “We talked directly about his activities this season, and I made it very clear that he had a right to talk about what he was passionate about.” Well, the works speak louder than words and he opposes the commissioner’s remarks. Freedom said two men pressured him to shut up.
“Instead of advocating for me, I confronted the union that told me I should shut up and stop talking about human rights abuses in China,” Freedom said.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why I got less time to play and get released,” Freedom commented. “But it is not right to talk and talk about human conscience.”
Freedom was Portland’s prime-time player last season, and the heinous treatment he received from the NBA this season points directly to blackballing. In fact, he has a much stronger case for blackballing than Colin Kepernick.
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