NBA’s Display of Social Justice Falls Flat Amid ESPN’s China Report

Let’s play Hypothetical:

Let’s Imagine an American company that owned a television network and employed over 3,000 people were found to be making not just billions of dollars in their market in America, but their market as well in China. They have multiple markets across the globe and are a very successful business. However, reports fly that these people have used free Chinese labor and refused to stand up against crimes of humanity, happening even in their own workplace, while taking $5 billion from the very country that they refuse to stand against.

Oh wait, this isn’t a hypothetical. This is the NBA. The Nationalist Basketball Association. At least, they might as well be.

An ESPN report came to light Wednesday afternoon that found coaches at the NBA academies in China complained about player abuse (that would be child abuse) and a lack of promised education. This is on the heels of October 2019, where events that showed that the NBA didn’t really care about getting people across the globe involved with the league, especially the powerless. The refusal to stand for the people in Hong Kong, who brutally were captured by Communist China and the public admonishment by the league for anyone who supported their freedoms was startling, but many predicted that it was just the beginning of something sinister.

There were several preseason games that the NBA played in China last October, and reports indicated that LeBron James told players in a players-only meeting that they needed to stand down and do what the Chinese government told them to do. The Athletic’s Sham Charania reported James “expressed concern that without the league being able to speak to media to address all of the questions and dynamics about China and the NBA, it was unfair for solely players to bear that responsibility.”

The league echoed this sentiment when they announced that there would be no more press conferences in China. “They [The players] have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad,” the statement read, “and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real-time.”

I think what LeBron and the league meant was that players shouldn’t have to risk losing their Chinese endorsements for saying the wrong thing. That was the “unprecedented situation” that they were in.

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Taking a Knee for the Anthem

Last night (Thursday), every single NBA player, coach, and referee took a knee on the court prior to both of the re-opening tip-off games. The Utah Jazz, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Clippers were the teams involved. This was a sign of support to the Black Lives Matter movement, a movement that openly supports Marxism and Socialistic values.

This didn’t sit right with a lot of people, including TNT analyst and former NBA star, Charles Barkley. During the TNT halftime show, Barkley made a point:

“The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people. I’m glad these guys are all unified, but if people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy that doesn’t want to kneel or the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”

Sir Charles Barkley – TNT Halftime Show, July 30th, 2020

Jason Whitlock pointed out in an opinion on Outkick today that:

Standing for the national anthem does not oppose Trump, therefore, bad people stand for the anthem.

Bad people criticize the people who kneel during the national anthem.

“Only an unabashed Trump supporter would question the righteousness of the fraudulent Black Lives Matter movement.”

Jason Witlock – Outkick, July 31st, 2020

As I have stated clearly on my podcast, there is no law in America or any “rule” that prohibits you from kneeling during the National Anthem. It’s seen as extremely disrespectful not just toward America and it’s military that has fought and died for this country, but toward freedom. For it is this country that was founded on individualism, and that no man would kneel or surrender himself to the country in which he resides.

The NBA, the league that takes more blood money from China than any sports league on the planet, is making this stance and they are doing it together. The issue is more than just kneeling during the national anthem or that black lives matter. If black lives matter and black lives are endangered, why don’t Chinese lives matter? Why don’t Uyghur lives matter? Why would you turn a blind eye to the millions upon millions of Hong Kong people being oppressed by Communist China and put into a police state, and the Muslim Ughyurs enslaved in forced labor, barbed wire concentration camps?

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Oh, that’s right. Because the country committing these atrocities controls the $5 billion market that helps to fund your league.

“More than an Athlete” Mantra

The NBA has become increasingly political with the rise of certain players across the league. LeBron James and his quest to be “more than an athlete” has, unfortunately, put him into a poor situation because of his decisions. LeBron makes clear that certain social justice issues he cares about, and other ones he doesn’t. The ones that he doesn’t care about are, clearly, the ones that he will lose money on if he speaks out against.

You see, these athletes and “political figures” try to play it off that they lose money for taking the political stands that they do. Perhaps there are some sponsorship deals that they do lose. However, the reward for being an alt-left liberal in the world marketplace, as a marketable figure, is astounding in today’s modern-day culture.

Colin Kaepernick signed a multi-year deal with Nike for an amount that has not been disclosed. Most celebrity net worth websites list him at around $20 million, but rumors swirled around his settlement deal with the NFL being worth between $60-100 million, and that’s not counting the documentary deal that Disney and ESPN just closed on. Again, the details of this deal are extremely private, but everyone knows it was settled for a huge amount.

He’s the one who started all of this kneeling during the anthem. There’s a reason why Colin will never play football again.

Why Social Justice Falls Flat for the NBA

We all know that black lives matter and that black lives should be treated as equals. I think everyone who is reasonable agrees with that. It’s not a point many conservatives are attempting to dispute.

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The problem is more of this:

  • The organization calling itself “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t care about black lives unless they are democratic socialists. If you don’t believe me, why doesn’t David Dorn’s life matter? Why doesn’t Herman Cain’s life matter? Why doesn’t Bernell Tremmell’s life matter? Shall I continue?
  • The NBA is attempting to use Black Lives Matter as a cover for all of the atrocities and the large sums of blood money coming from China. A “social justice” distraction, as you will.
  • The money that the NBA could potentially lose from a fall-out with China would be around $5 billion. This is, presumably, the reason why the NBA refuses to speak out against the injustices and human atrocities being committed in China, including the events that took place within the NBA’s own academy.
  • China is not a free-market country. Every business, workplace, and trade is controlled and owned by the State, therefore the market place in China is the Chinese Government.

Until the NBA speaks out against China and denounces the crimes against humanity that are taking place there, the cries for social justice will, and should, fall flat. The NBA deserves no respect for the horrific acts that they support by continuing to take money from the country committing them.