As the NBA continues to cave to China, Steve Kerr said the most RIDICULOUS thing of all…
Which is quite the feat, really.
When the story broke that a tweet in support of the Hong Kong protesters by Daryl Morey GM of the Houston Rockets had angered the Chinese government, the NBA decided to kiss the ring and stifle support for freedom and democracy.
The coach of the Golden State Warriors and fierce Trump critic, Steve Kerr, said, “It’s a really bizarre international story. A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further.”
Steve Kerr no comments on the Morey/China/NBA situation. Says he’s been reading about it, doesn’t feel versed enough to comment. Full back and forth here. pic.twitter.com/HM1NuF46vG
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 8, 2019
President Trump mocked him for his answer and said that although Kerr was quick to criticize the United States he was afraid to critique China. Trump also said that Kerr “was like a little boy who was scared to even be answering the question — he was shaking. He didn’t want to answer the question.”
President Donald Trump takes shots at Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, wonder why they freely criticize the US, but scared to criticize China pic.twitter.com/TKohn9neub
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 9, 2019
Some players have also weighed in and it’s been awful.
James Harden straight up said, “we apologized, you know. We love China… We appreciate their fan base. We appreciate the support they give us. We love everything they’re about.”
"We apologize. We love China," Houston Rockets' James Harden @JHarden13 apologized to China over a tweet by the team's general manager Daryl Morey @dmorey backing Hong Kong's protests. #HongKongProtests #NBA pic.twitter.com/Z43V9EpFkD
— SHINE (@shanghaidaily) October 7, 2019
Steph Curry echoed Kerr’s awkward statement by saying that he wasn’t “educated enough” on the history of China to comment:
Steph Curry on the Donald Trump tweet at Kerr and the evolving situation between the NBA and China pic.twitter.com/BTBG4Jt6JS
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 9, 2019
That is all kinds of wrong.
Maybe this is what many conservatives meant by politics and sports don’t mix. It’s the league, not the players that are making this mess. It is fair to ask them what they think about it, though.
Curry and Harden are players, and they know where their bread is buttered.
So does Steve Kerr, apparently.
He decided to do exactly what President Trump said he does — he criticized the U.S. while still refusing to condemn China’s human rights abuses. Kerr actually said that the horrific instances of mass shootings in the United States were examples of human rights abuse.
Perhaps Kerr was hit in the head with the ball a few too many times.
“No. Nor has our record of human rights abuses come up either,” he said after a reporter asked if he had been questioned about Chinese human rights while in China. “People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.”
“The world is a complex place and there’s more gray than black and white,” he added.
SOurce: Fox News
Steve Kerr on if he's ever been asked about human rights during his previous trips to China:
"No. Nor has (America's) record of human rights abuses come up either… People in China didn't ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall." pic.twitter.com/56mNC7LmID
— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) October 11, 2019
For the “woke” NBA that is quick to criticize “systemic racism” in the United States, they have nothing bad to say about China rounding up over a million Uygurs and putting them in concentration camps and harvesting their organs?
No words on that?
How about the “social credit” system used to coerce “positive” behavior and punishments include keeping people out of the best jobs and schools, throttling internet speed, and blocking people from travel?
Fans, however, are disagreeing and using the controversy to draw attention to China’s human rights abuses.
Some fans have been silenced at pre-season games in the United States for supporting the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
In Washington D.C., fans have had their pro-democracy signs taken away by NBA staff.
Our “Google Uyghurs” sign has been confiscated. pic.twitter.com/fX4tF4oOxR
— Jon Schweppe (@JonSchweppe) October 9, 2019
Fans online were quick to condemn Kerr for his comments.
Steve, what happened on June 4th 1989?
— Ne?liberal (@ne0liberal) October 11, 2019
So the reason why @SteveKerr had those persistent back problems all those years is because he is spineless. Good to know.
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) October 11, 2019
Has anyone told Steve about the genocide part yet
— MANGOS ARE ABOMINATIONS THAT MUST BE PURGED (@NthgRlyMtrs2Me) October 11, 2019
You absolute coward, @SteveKerr Enjoy spending the money you get running interference for a government that has concentration camps, organ harvesting, and general suppression of basic human rights.
— FriendsofCharlieCoyle (@TerriersFan) October 11, 2019
Right, because private AR-15 ownership is totally comparable to a gov’t that dissects political prisoners for their organs…
— Y2KNW, The Great Canadian Neckbeard (@GrtCdnNeckbeard) October 11, 2019
— NationofJake (@NationofJake) October 11, 2019
The Uyghurs were unavailable for comment.
— Joshua Ferguson (@HourlyStruggle) October 11, 2019
It’s worth noting that the reason the Chinese don’t discuss human rights issues with @SteveKerr is because they’ll be thrown in prison and have their kidneys harvested. Which is – I guess – a gray area.
— Oscar (@oscarinhtx) October 11, 2019
In Hong Kong, they are waving the flag of America as a symbol of their fearless fight for freedom. Yet the @NBA and Steve Kerr cravenly capitulate to China over Hong Kong & them doubling down on it is making it worse. Disgraceful. #HongKong pic.twitter.com/rp8vAMl1Wk
— Marcus Boo ??? (@AStrongerOZ) October 11, 2019
Now, the NBA is stifling the free speech of reporters:
This is what totalitarianism looks like in America:
Reporter asks @NBA players about the atrocities being comitted by the communist Chinese – she gets **CUT OFF** by an NBA censor who silences her.
NBA Players glare at her.
SHARE & SHAME THESE COWARDS: pic.twitter.com/HHEZaSn6PX
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 10, 2019
Now, even that is not enough. The NBA has canceled all media access for the remainder of the China visit.
The NBA has canceled all media access for the remainder of its visit to China as it puts players in a "complicated" and "unfair" situation, it said https://t.co/i1o4KnJ2WD
— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2019
The NBA, once the darlings of the Media(D), are getting trashed by reporters for putting profit ahead of what is right. In our wokescold era where companies insist on opining on politics in their ads in order to appease customers, caving to an authoritarian regime with atrocious human rights abuses isn’t going to sit well in the U.S. It might play well in China where people are punished for dissent, but not so much in the Land of the Free.
If that’s the case, then maybe it’s good that Harden loves “everything that China’s about” because that might be the only place that the NBA is welcome.
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