NBA Asked to Embrace Hong Kong Protests; Warriors-Wizards Game Scene of Pro-Freedom Demonstrations

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is asking the National Basketball Association (NBA) to endorse the demands of the Hong Kong protesters.

In a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty wrote, “The league’s present position of neutrality on events in Hong Kong and China is morally untenable, and even that neutrality is fake.” The complete letter appears below.

On Monday night, supporters of the Hong Kong protesters demonstrated inside the Washington Wizards-Golden State Warriors game at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Sporting t-shirts and waving signs, the group chanted “Free Hong Kong.”

Flaherty stated, “The protests in Hong Kong are not going away. We are here to demonstrate that they are not going away here either.”

In October, Warriors President Rick Welts said on CNBC about the controversy, “I think this will pass, and I think our future in China is pretty remarkable.”

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Time for NBA to Embrace Hong Kong Protesters

Don’t mistake the lull with the issue going away. With the standoff in Hong Kong ongoing, the National Basketball Association still has a China problem.

The NBA should now endorse the demands of the Hong Kong protesters. After all, Hong Kongers ask only for what the league already has endorsed for this country. The NBA promotes voter rights; Hong Kongers demand universal suffrage. The NBA embraces Black Lives Matter; Hong Kongers want an independent inquiry into police brutality. League officials endorse criminal justice reform; Hong Kongers seek due process and amnesty for arrested protesters.

The fact that the NBA is unlikely to embrace the protests is no reason for the demand not to be made. Instead, it is a reason for it to be made time and time again. The virtue of some causes is so obvious that the chances of prevailing are beside the point.

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Are Nike & Adidas Behind NBA’s Appeasement of Communist China?

Have the corporate world and U.S. professional sports leagues finally gone too far carrying water for America-haters?

This week there has been a backlash against the National Basketball Association from China, following a tweet supportive of the pro-democracy Hong Kong protests by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. After the immediate outcry, Morey deleted the tweet and the NBA and its partners began to grovel apologetically to the Chinese communists. The league has a reported $1.5 billion deal with a Chinese streaming company to broadcast its games, and an estimated 500 million citizens watched games last year.

Viewership isn’t all that’s at stake. Athletic shoe companies such as Adidas and Nike enjoy American support but desperately want to expand their audience and customer base overseas, especially to China. The hostile response to the tweet from the communist government threatens that market segment, where Nike took in an estimated $6.2 Read More ➡