On Thursday, October 17, 2019, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the Chinese government was pressuring the National Basketball Association to fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet the Houston GM made in support of Hong Kong protestors according to a report from Time.
“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver stated during his first US interview about the league’s current scandal with China. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”
While addressing the TIME 100 Health Summit, Silver disclosed that “The losses have already been substantial,” while also noting that “Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.”
“I don’t know where we go from here,” Silver stated, also highlighting that “The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic.”
Silver claims that the NBA didn’t bow down to China’s demands, noting “These American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go.”
The recent China drama has been a bad look for NBA stars like LeBron James. James has built a reputation for virtue signaling on generic political issues, but on the question of China, he has remained silent. Some speculate that his Nike deal — a company that is very active in China — may explain his silence on China.
The bigger story is the growing influence China has on the world stage and how it is able to corrupt American companies. China may have discarded some of its genocidal past, but it still remains an authoritarian country with bold geopolitical ambitions.
Subverting American institutions from within is likely one of the ways it will advance its agenda.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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