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.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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