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Lawmakers Say NBA Players Are Profiting From ‘Slave Labor’ in China

Some Republicans are demanding that NBA players sever endorsement contracts with Anta and Li-Ning, the Chinese sportswear firms whose cotton supply chains are implicated in forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province. In other words, NBA players are still profiting from slave labor in China. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Penn) told POLITICO that “Americans can’t and shouldn’t conduct business with companies and players that profit through human slavery. And that includes NBA players — they can’t sign endorsement deals and benefit off slave labor.” In January, the Trump administration banned imports of Xinjiang cotton. In addition, the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China is also probing NBA players to end terms with Anta and Li-Ning. “Senate’s July 15 passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will likely only intensify sensitivity in Congress to firms with supply chains linked to forced labor in Xinjiang,” POLITICO adds. Jimmy Butler, CJ McCollum, and Klay Thompson are among the players who have lucrative contracts with Li-Ning or Anta. Moreover, Dwyane Wade, who claims to put human rights before his bottom line, signed a lifetime endorsement deal with Li-Ning in 2018. POLITICO says neither Wade nor 13 current NBA players with Li-Ning or Anta endorsements responded to requests for comment. […]



Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.