Senator Josh Hawley Talks NBA-China and ESPN-Woj with Clay

On Friday, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver asking if it would be ok for players to wear slogans on the backs of their jerseys in support of democracy in Hong Kong.

Hawley also CC’d several prominent NBA media members, including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj replied to Hawley’s letter with an emphatic, “F*** you.”

Senator Hawley joined Clay to discuss the NBA and China and Woj’s response to him.

“The NBA makes a tremendous amount of money in China. I mean, just a tremendous amount of money. And then this is where I think the NBA has some obligations, right? I mean, even before they started this stuff about putting Social Justice cause statements on the back of the uniforms just recently, and their relationship with China is now pretty long-standing. And when you’re making that much money in that kind of a place, doing deals with that sort of a government, which is what the NBA corporate is doing, then I think when you’ve got a situation like we’ve had in Hong Kong, or like you’ve got with the Uighurs, who are a religious minority, who are literally in concentration camps in China. In concentration camps, now. I think you’ve got some responsibility to say something about that, at least say that well, my gosh, we don’t agree with that. But you know, I mean, the NBA is, what’s their latest contract, just this past year, worth over1.5 billion dollars. I mean, it’s just unbelievable the amount of money you mentioned the, you know, sort of a woke stance at the NBA’s taken and its classic corporate wokeness, you know. It’s nothing that would interfere with profits for heaven’s sake.

“I mean, let’s, you know, profits, oh my gosh, we’re going to get those, and nothing would interfere with our multinational plan to scoop up money in all of these different markets, you know, for so many American corporations. And if that means selling out the American worker sending jobs overseas, ‘Oh, by golly, we’ll do that in a heartbeat.’ But don’t, you know, but we’re woke. You know, don’t get mad at us because we’re woke it’s really a huge distraction, to try and move attention away from what they’re really doing, what these huge corporations are really doing. And the NBA is right there in terms of the money they are making in China, and the kind of deal that they have made with the Chinese government. And, you know, I think it is not too much to ask them, which is my point to Silver in my letter. First of all, what is the deal with China? Why aren’t you saying anything as you make all this money as an organization? And at the very least, if you’re going to put statements on the back of jerseys, why wouldn’t you allow a player to wear a ‘free Hong Kong’ statement on the back? I mean, for that matter, why not ‘support our troops?’ You know, I mean, what’s wrong with that, too? But just on the China thing, why not ‘free Hong Kong,?’ Why not ‘free the Uighurs,’ that religious minority that’s in concentration camps? Because you’re right the people of China would see that that would send a message. It would I think, frankly, show that the NBA is willing to stand up a little bit. But you know, ‘well, no, we can’t have any of that,’ you saw the reaction.”

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Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP


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  1. Hey Clay,
    A terrific interview with Sen. Hawley. Nowhere else but at OUTKICK is the hypocrisy of the NBA being dragged out of the shadows and into the light of day.
    NBA Boss, Adam Silver: “I think in this day and age, you really do have to stand for something.”
    Well we can all see what the stand for, and allowing a piece of Americana to be co-opted and corrupted for financial profit is a perfect fit for their version of the truth. Thank you, Clay!!!

  2. Great interview. Hope Senator Hawley is a regular on the show.

    Your analysis of the NBA and the jersey’s and China was amazing in hour two or 3 today.

    Essentially you pointed out that the Jersey Protests by the NBA are attacking capitalism for the benefit of the Chinese Government, since these Bubble games will be seen in China 🇨🇳 and nobody will have a Jersey that praises America or Capitalism.

    The Chinese Gov’t can use this NBA garbage’ as propaganda to Squeeze their people and Hong Kong.

    Lebron’s league loves Communism!!

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