Barstool Sports President Dave Portnoy announced the release of new t-shirts in “honor” of NBA star LeBron James for “denouncing freedom of speech”.
On Twitter, the Barstool Sports founder revealed his new t-shirts which mock the NBA star and his tone deaf comments regarding Daryl Morey’s legitimate expression of solidarity with Hong Kong protestors.
He dedicated this shirt to all “Lebron fans who want to crush freedom of speech and oppress the masses.”
On the “Pro Lebron/Pro China/Pro Communism tshirt”, there is writing the below the image which says “F*** Daryl Morey” in Mandarin. Portnoy proclaims that these shirts will “sell like hotcakes in Beijing.”
But Portnoy did not stop there. He also launched “Lebron Civil Rights tshirt” for people to decide whether “they want to be a capitalist or a communist depending on how it affects your bank account just like Bron Bron does.”
The Barstool Sports Founder then went on Tucker Carlson’s show to discuss the release of these shirts and point out the hypocrisy of James’ comments regarding American and Chinese politics.
Is it wrong to admit that if China guaranteed they’d buy 1 billion Barstool T-shirt’s I’d be Team China? pic.twitter.com/GZ4DDSb3ih
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) October 16, 2019
Athletes like LeBron James take for granted the civil liberties like the freedom of speech that they enjoy in the United States.
However, the bigger story about this NBA/China drama is the rising degree of Chinese influence in American business affairs.
Since China took off in the 1980s, it has become a major player in international economic affairs.
As a result, it has spread its influence far and wide, which has caused some concern for countries such as the United States.
Due to the authoritarian nature of the Chinese government and the many business norms imposed on American companies that do business in China, American businesses effectively adopt many of China’s authoritarian practices such as the muzzling of free speech.
This is on full display with the recent NBA/China drama where people are now questioning whether the NBA is under too much Chinese influence.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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