The National Basketball Association has approved a list of acceptable ‘social justice-‘ themed phrases that players will be permitted to wear on their jerseys during the upcoming season, allowing the league’s millionaire player base to repeat slogans largely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The “approved” social justice phrases are, according to ESPN reporter Marc Spears:
Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
None of the phrases include any reference to the protests in Hong Kong crushed by the People’s Republic of China, a curious omission in light of the league’s crackdown on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Morey had expressed support of the Hong Kong pro-democracy and anti-Communist party demonstrations, only to be quickly silenced and castigated by league officials concerned that Morey’s remarks would cost them lucrative market opportunities in the communist country.
As major American sporting leagues degenerate into little more than a display of politically correct slogans and left-wing ideology, it remains to be seen if they’ll retain the cultural appeal they’ve traditionally had with a wide variety of politically and culturally diverse fans.
Cheater Lance Armstrong’s Store Forbids Sale of Bicycles to Austin Police Department
He’s a real moral authority.
A bicycle store in Austin, Texas owned by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announced it would no longer sell bikes to the Austin Police Department, taking offense at the way that the city’s police department had treated the Black Lives Matter movement during recent protests in the city.
“It was a staff-wide store decision,” said general manager Will Black. “It’s something we discussed for a pretty good length of time to make sure we were all on the same page and doing the right thing. All of us were uncomfortable with what’s going on. It’s all the people who work at the bike shop.”
Mellow Johnny’s is owned by Tour de France champion(a title since revoked) Lance Armstrong. While the business appears willing to castigate its local police department for supposed abuses, its entire public image and incentive structure is based upon the legacy of a man who took performance-enhancing drugs to secure an undue advantage for his own competitive gain.
The company announced it would no longer provide bikes to the Austin police in a tweet earlier this week.
— mellowjohnnys (@mellowjohnnys) August 6, 2020
Mellow Johnny’s states in the announcement that they still expect the police to protect them from alleged threats the business has been receiving.
Mellow Johnny’s has adopted a marketing technique of pandering to cultural liberals before, trying to insulate the business from any transactions with companies that sell and manufacture firearms.
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