NBA: Profits over Patriotism

An innocuous tweet by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey expressing the most fundamental of American values has uncovered a stunning reality…

The NBA along with many international American corporations puts the “almighty dollar” over America’s founding values — worst yet paying homage to a brutal totalitarian régime because of profits.

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Morey’s tweet in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has thankfully created a firestorm within America, concerning our own values and what we truly hold dear.

Stunning and equally shameful was the response by the NBA for actually apologizing to China over Morey’s tweet. It actually tells us all we need to know about the NBA and the multimillion-dollar players who continually call for “social justice” in America, while suddenly growing silent concerning the decades of atrocities committed by the rogue régime — which indirectly pays their salaries.

The dust-up has exposed a seamy side of the NBA, and most likely other international sport franchises doing business with the communist régime.

To truly understand how an organization like the NBA, has morphed into a subservient Chinese entity, is to understand China’s growing worldwide influence on the world stage and its dominance within sports.

According to Fox’s “Sports 1” host Jason Whitlock, China’s influence within American basketball can be easily traced to the multi-billion dollar business deals in Beijing, with American sporting good companies, manufacturing jerseys, t-shirts and especially sneakers promoted by basketball icons.

Whitlock appearing Tuesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” explained how pervasive the Chinese have become in dealing with America.

“I think the cultural impact that China’s influence over a great American sport like basketball is just now being exposed and just how dependent the NBA is on the Chinese economy and Chinese money to put on the appearance of how great the league is doing,” he said.

Adding, “The shoe companies like Nike and Addidas — they run American basketball from the high school level all the way to the pros. And, the shoe companies are dependent on the China market and that’s where all of this is coming from.”

Whitlock continued his stunning analogy regarding China’s dominance over the NBA.

“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. So, the NBA is really being exposed as not nearly as much of an American business than it is a global business with China perhaps having more influence over it than even America.”

Whitlock then took aim at one of Houston Rocket’s star players, lamenting “James Harden actually apologized on behalf of Daryl Morey to the Chinese government.”

For the casual sports fan witnessing this spectacle, thinking that basketball is an American sport free of foreign influence, this controversy concerning league players, coaches, owners, and officials all attempting to placate the Chinese Government stands in stark contrast to our own traditional values of freedom.

Even more troublesome is watching guys like Golden State’s Steve Kerr and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich suddenly growing silent, however having no problem in disrespecting our President and his supporters.

Perhaps the only positive to come out of this troublesome story is the rare bipartisan condemnation by both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted. “As a lifelong @HoustonRockets fan, I was proud to see @dmorey call out the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive treatment of protestors in Hong Kong,”

Adding, “Now, in pursuit of big $$, the @nba is shamefully retreating.”

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro also weighed in stating, “China is using its economic power to silence critics—even those in the U.S.”

Adding, “The United States must lead with our values and speak out for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, and not allow American citizens to be bullied by an authoritarian government.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, backed Castro, tweeting that he was glad to agree with the one-time Obama Housing and Urban Development secretary.

As for the NBA kowtowing to an oppressive régime, if profits are their only motivation, then perhaps a nationwide boycott of the NBA along with Nike and Addidas will get their attention to speak up and support America’s ideals.

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