By Liberte & UCool
Himalaya Farm Canada
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s behaviour does not conform; pretence.
I would bet that the leadership & owners of the NBA are busy messaging each other about how to extricate their feet and morals from their mouths. Steve Kerr, head coach of the olden State Warriors, has, to his credit, offered regrets for not supporting Daryl Morey (GM of the Houston Rockets) back in October 2019 comments, when he tweeted a post displaying an image that said “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong”. The only NBA personality who displayed courage and probity by supporting Morey back then was retired player Shaquille O’Neal.
So, what changed between October, 2019 and now? Quite simply, someone associated with the NBA experienced a dose of reality. Nothing cures armchair naivete, greed and hypocrisy quite as dramatically as coming face-to-face with the incontrovertible evidence of evil. Turns out that several US coaches who were involved with the NBA’s initiative, in partnership with the CCP, Chinese Communist Party, to create three basketball academies in China, went public with their experiences in one of the academies in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang is a police state in China. Between 1-3 million Uyghurs are held in concentration camps. Detainees are subject to military-style discipline, thought transformation, and forced confessions. They are abused, tortured, raped, and even killed. These mass detention camps are designed to mentally break the Uighur people. The repeated government orders to “break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their origins, and systematically prevent Uighur births demonstrate a clear intent to eradicate the Uighur people as a whole.
The NBA coaches told of being harassed and surveilled; of being repeatedly detained without cause; of being unable to obtain housing. But the event that shattered their illusions was seeing 13, 14-year-old Uyghur boys being kicked and abused by their Chinese handlers. “We’re part of that. The NBA is part of that” said one of the U.S. coaches.
The monumental hypocrisy has been the league’s immediate adoption of “Black Lives Matter” following the George Floyd related protests and riots. How unseemly is an iconic U.S. Institution like the NBA decrying racism and injustice in the United States while blatantly and shamelessly ignoring human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and elsewhere in China? There is no secret why the league owners are censoring their employees, and even their fans – exemplified by the ejection of fans from games for wearing “Free Hong Kong signs”. It is all about the huge profits the NBA gains from its access to the Chinese market. Players and Coaches are allowed to be very explicit in displaying their political leanings by taking a knee, but not their fans.
After 70 years of CCP lies, deceit, theft, brutality, infiltration, bullying, flaunting contracts and norms, win-lose negotiating, organ harvesting, virus spreading, genocide, destruction of cultures and religions, it seems only first-hand evidence and experience with evil is enough for the naive and greedy NBA (and other Westerners profiting from the CCP) to reconnect with their ethics and morals.