Golden State Warriors part-owner Chamath Palihapitiya admitted over the weekend that he does not care about the lives of Uyghur Muslims. Those lives don’t matter to him one bit, he says.
A part-owner of an NBA team announces he doesn’t care about Chinese genocide. That’s a massive story. Yet the largest sports-talk network by far won’t address it.
Mediaite confirmed via the media monitoring service TVEyes that ESPN has made exactly zero mentions of Palihapitiya’s comments.
Nothing from Malika Andrews, Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith, that dummy Mark Jones, Adrian Wojnarowski, Elle Duncan, Bomani Jones, or any of the other angry wokes at ESPN.
I know you guys often say your platform is bigger than basketball. So just curious.
— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) January 18, 2022
And ESPN has previously covered past NBA part-owners — so Palihapitiya’s lack of majority ownership is not a factor.
In 2019, the NBA fined and banned another part-owner of the Warriors, Mark Stevens, for pushing opposing player Kyle Lowry from his courtside seat during the NBA Finals. Stephen A. Smith, the face of ESPN, ran with this story for days. Notably, Smith called for the NBA to punish Stevens even more.
Smith has no comment on Palihapitiya saying he doesn’t care about genocide. Why is this? The sports media is no different than the NBA.
Both groups have branded themselves around “social justice” and “Black Lives Matter” because it’s advantageous to their marketing campaigns. But whenever the rights of Uyghur or Jewish people are challenged, which is often, these pawns shut up and dribble or tweet. Supporting the lives of any non-black group doesn’t earn you a new contract at ESPN.
“Embarrassing how ESPN isn’t covering one of the Warriors owners saying he doesn’t care at all about Chinese genocide,” OutKick’s Clay Travis tweets. “Clear and transparent protection of their TV partner. MSESPN gonna MSESPN, y’all.”
“You often see agenda based ‘journalism’ based not only on what is covered, but based on what isn’t covered as well. It’s not just @espn,however, watch how none of woke NBA media will ask players or coaches about it either,” Clay Travis adds. “Total memory hole because it challenges SJW narrative.”
ESPN will cover Kyle Rittenhouse, Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Ahmaud Arbery, but draws the line at an NBA owner belittling the lives of Uyghur Muslims. So at ESPN, a white male acting in self-defense is more troubling than modern-day Nazis running actual Muslim slave labor cotton plantations. Obviously.