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Former Football Star Herschel Walker Calls Out American Athletes for Their Pro-China Behavior

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Former college football star, NFL player, and MMA fighter Herschel Walker had choice words for the National Basketball Association and other athletes who criticize President Donald Trump but ignore China’s authoritarian policies.

Walker declared that “America is the greatest country in the world” in a tweet. Walker believes this because of America’s civil liberties, which in his view allow people “to speak and think” for themselves.

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He then posed the question “during Summer Olympics will the @NBA players play for USA or China?”

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Walker is referring to the upcoming Olympics which will be taking place in Tokyo in the summer of 2020.

The NBA has been recently caught in a web of controversy since Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey took down his pro-Hong Kong protester tweets.

This decision, which was likely prompted by the NBA behind the scenes, has raised many ethical questions about the NBA’s business standards and the growing influence China has on it.

BLP reported on several sports figures such as Jason Whitlock seeing through the drama and understanding how China has had tremendous influence over the NBA due to its large presence in the NBA market.

The irony in all of this is that NBA players are afforded freedoms to criticize political figures in their country— the United States of America — whereas dissidents in China are brutally repressed.

 

 

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Billionaires Have Made Half a Trillion Dollars While Tens of Millions File for Unemployment

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As the number of Americans filing for unemployment approaches 40 million, America’s billionaires are cruising along without any worries.

According to a CNBC report, billionaire fortunes climbed by a total of $434 billion since the middle of March,

At the top of the list are Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, whose respective fortunes increased by $34.6 and $25 billion, according to the Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies’ Program for Inequality. Zerohedge noted that both organizations came to this conclusion “based on Forbes data for America’s over 600 billionaires collected between March 18 and May 19.”

Tyler Durden highlighted the following stats:

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Percentage-wise, Elon Musk’s wealth grew 48% to $36 billion, while Zuckerberg clocked in at 46%. Bezos’ wealth grew 31% to $147 billion. His ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, saw her wealth increase by roughly 33% to $48 billion. On average, American billionaires saw their net worth grow 15% during the two-month period from $2.948 trillion to $3.382 trillion.

 

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Bezos, Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, Buffett and Larry Ellison saw their wealth increase by a total of $76 billion.

“The surge in billionaire wealth during a global pandemic underscores the grotesque nature of unequal sacrifice,” declared Chuck Collins, director of the IPS Program on Inequality and co-author of the Billionaire Bonanza 2020 report. “While millions risk their lives and livelihoods as first responders and front line workers, these billionaires benefit from an economy and tax system that is wired to funnel wealth to the top.”

However, some billionaires haven’t benefited so much:

Still, the pandemic hasn’t been kind to other billionaires – whose yacht upgrades may need to wait. Those in travel and retail have taken a beating. Ralph Lauren saw his wealth drop by $100 million to $5.6 billion, while hotelier John Pritzker has seen a $34 million drop to $2.56 billion. We know, time to get a collection going.

 As Americans experience economic uncertainty, certain business giants are clearly benefiting.The country needs to re-open in a timely manner.Failure to do so will widen this economic gulf and catalyze social unrest.

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