300 People in ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ T-Shirts Show Up to NBA Game as League Struggles to Appease China
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has come increasingly under fire for their close relationship with China after Daryl Morey, general manager for the Houston Rockets team, posted a controversial tweet in favor of Hong Kong freedom protesters.
The public continues to make the situation more difficult for NBA executives, as producer Andrew Duncan reportedly bought 300 tickets for protesters to wear ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ t-shirts during a Nets/Raptors game last week.
1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.
They're all wearing "Stand With Hong Kong" t-shirts pic.twitter.com/pIcUwSLaPB
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 19, 2019
“We want to use our performance art to show our support for Hong Kong and the NBA,” organizer Chen Pokong said to the New York Post.
“It seems like NBA people cannot choose their words,” he added. “So if we don’t stop them, they not only will do bad things in China, they will do bad things in America.”
This will likely only make China even more angry at the NBA, as they have already threatened retaliation against NBA commissioner Adam Silver for not being sufficiently subservient to the communist totalitarian nation.
“To please some American politicians, Silver has fabricated lies out of nothing and has sought to paint China as unforgiving,” the Chinese communist propaganda network CCTV said, adding that Silver would receive “retribution sooner or later.”
The NBA’s signature player – LeBron James – issued a groveling response to the controversy that only made the situation worse. Despite a long history of taking “woke” stances against President Donald Trump, James bowed to his Chinese masters when his back was against the wall.
“I don’t want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” James said last week.
“And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too,” James added.
“I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us trying to win a championship because that’s what we’re here for,” James told reporters. “We’re not politicians. It’s a huge political thing. But we are leaders, and we can step up at a times, but you don’t feel like you should upon things you shouldn’t have to.”
James’ jersey is even getting burned in Hong Kong by freedom protesters who have recognized him as a villain lacking courage to make a political stand that might hurt his bottom line:
Hong Kong protestors burn LeBron James Jerseys.
Never side with the communists. Never! pic.twitter.com/cayGvE1dDT
— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) October 15, 2019
This public relations nightmare for the NBA is worsening at a rapid pace, as the league’s hypocrisy finally catches up with them.