Sports journalist Jason Whitlock criticized NBA, Nike, and sports companies for caving in to China during various interviews on Fox this week.
On Tuesday night during Tucker Carlson’s show, Whitlock broke down how shoe and athletic apparel companies rely on the Chinese market which has a major influence on NBA interactions with China and its repressive regime.
“You see NBA players constantly over the summer during their off-season running to China to do the bidding of their shoe companies and to sell their shoes in the China market and so the NBA is really being exposed as not nearly as much of an American business as it is a global business with China perhaps having more influence over it than even America,” Whitlock explained.
“These athletes are young and I’m not giving them an excuse but they’re young,” he continued. “Many of them didn’t go to college, they’ve only spent a year or two ago in college. They don’t understand how they’re being used and played to promote a communist, a Marxist agenda.”
The sports journalist continued:
These guys can rail against our government, our president and be applauded for it. They don’t have the courage to speak out against a communist government. All kinds of human rights violations. It’s the epitome of hypocrisy and cowardice.
Later this week, Whitlock went on Sean Hannity’s show to continue sounding off on the NBA’s cowardly behavior when confronting China.
Whitlock thinks there’s something more to NBA player’s constant criticism of President Donald Trump and their complete silence on China.
He believes that this story is “really about Nike.” Whitlock notes that the NBA is a $8 billion per year business, while Nike is a $40 billion per year business. In his view, the NBA answers to Nike, while Nike answers to China.
He also alludes to the fact that Nike supports athletes such as Colin Kaepernick and Lebron James who have become vocal against Donald Trump and constantly rile up identity politics.
Further, he notes that by entering into the Chinese market, companies like Nike are now “overrun” by Chinese economic and political interests. In turn, Chinese actors have “the ability to influence American culture.”
Drawing upon history, Whitlock highlights how communist countries “have used the strategy of smearing the West, aka America as being the racist demon of the planet” and they do it “to cover up their own racism, their own depravity.”
Whitlock gets the bigger picture here.
Despite going through a tumultuous 20th century which was filled with political repression and economic collapse, China was able to bounce back in recent decades through various pragmatic economic reforms. However, it still remains politically authoritarian and its economic practices with other countries do raise valid national security concerns for America and its interests.
For that reason, Trump is justified in trying to negotiate with China in order to get a better trade deal with the country that brings economic benefits while respecting both countries’ national sovereignty.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Cons
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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