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October 11, 2019
Last night, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr declined to make any critical comments about the Chinese government and offered this observation about those who are objecting to the NBA’s partnership in China: “The same people who are asking me to stick to sports are also asking me to expand my horizons.”
In many cases, this is accurate. No doubt at least some people who reacted to the controversies in the sports world in years past with a general sense of “I just want to enjoy watching the game” are now angry-to-livid about the NBA’s collective obedience to the Chinese government on statements regarding Hong Kong and about any criticism of PRC policies in general. (READ MORE) by Jim Geraghty | National Review
After three days of fanning nationalistic outrage, the Chinese government abruptly moved on Thursday to tamp down public anger at the N.B.A. as concerns spread in Beijing that the rhetoric was damaging China’s interests and image around the world. (READ MORE) by Keith Bradsher and | New York Times
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on offense against the National Basketball Association amid the continuing controversy surrounding the NBA and China.
The country’s highest diplomat told the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tenn. he wished the NBA would call foul on China’s human rights abuse. (READ MORE) by Caleb Parke | Fox News