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.
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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