NBA players, coaches, and league officials have embraced social justice warriordom for the past several years, regularly denouncing American politicians and institutions for their perceived lack of left wing wokeness. But one glaring hypocrisy has remained: the NBA has been unwilling to utter a word of criticism about Chinese genocide, slavery, concentration camps, destruction of democracy in Hong Kong and the lack of basic human rights in their country.
Instead, they’ve been happy to cash checks from China worth billions of dollars, all while saying nothing at all about China’s global transgressions. But that silence is about to get even harder. Because recently, several American companies have attempted to distance themselves from Chinese genocide, including, to their credit, Nike, which has pledged that their products won’t be made with cotton produced by Muslim slave laborers in Chinese concentration camps in the Xinjiang region of the country. But that decision has provoked fury inside of China, and two Chinese sneaker companies, Li-Ning and Anta, seeking to profit off the negative consumer reaction to Nike, have pledged that they will continue to proudly use cotton produced from Muslim slave labor.
Let me repeat this, in response to Nike’s statement that they won’t make their products with cotton produced from Muslim slave labor, two Chinese sneaker companies have proudly asserted that they will continue to use that cotton produced by Muslim slave labor.
This is astounding.
What’s even more astounding? The NBA has a bevy of players with shoe deals with either Li-Ning or Anta. Yes, you heard that right. NBA players, the same players who have been denouncing and ridiculing American democratic institutions for their perceived lack of wokeness, are pocketing money from Chinese companies profiting directly off cotton produced by Muslim slave laborers.
Think about this for a minute. In 2021, we’ve got star American athletes still profiting off cotton plantation slave labor.
Who are these players? Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has a reported $80 million dollar deal with Anta. So does his Warrior teammate James Wiseman. Has Golden State Warrior head coach Steve Kerr, a consistent left wing zealot, commented on at least two of his players pocketing money from companies profiting off Muslim slave labor cotton-picking? If so, I must have missed it. Maybe it’s also a difficult question for Kerr. (This, for the unaware, was Steve Kerr’s cowardly comment when he was asked if he supported basic human rights in China).
The Los Angeles Lakers Alex Caruso also has a deal with Anta. Does LeBron James, social justice warrior extraordinaire, think it’s appropriate for his teammate to be profiting off Chinese slave labor? We don’t know. James is so excited to have Space Jam 2 open in China that he won’t say a word of negative criticism about his good buddy Chairman Xi.
Dwyane Wade has both a shoe deal and a clothing line with Li-Ning and that deal has been so successful Wade is recruiting additional players for his slave labor clothing brand. He’s really riding in high (slave labor) cotton, y’all. Thanks to Wade’s profits from slavery, he’s added CJ McCollum and D’Angelo Russell to his cotton plantation family. Both men recently penned their own endorsement deals with slave laborers and are proudly wearing Li-Ning gear in NBA games.
Not to be outdone, Jimmy Butler of the Heat and Fred VanVleet also recently added cotton plantation slave labor profiteer to their endorsement profiles, signing their own new deals with Li-Ning. Who knew that slave labor was so profitable?! What a deal!
So you might be wondering, does the NBA believe it’s appropriate for some of its star players to be wearing sneakers and gear during league games that have been proudly produced by Chinese companies that have explicitly endorsed their use of Muslim slave labor for their products? And do these star players think it’s appropriate, given their position as social justice warriors, to be endorsing products produced with slave labor?
Well, the league and the players have all suddenly gone silent. Every single player and the NBA itself has declined comment when asked why NBA players are endorsing products produced with slave labor and wearing them during actual NBA games.
This would be completely stunning, if it weren’t actually par for the course.
Now here’s the real question: will the NBA media, which functions mostly as cheerleaders for the league, actually continue to press the league and the players on this massive hypocrisy, or will the league continue to shut up and dribble for China with barely a hint of criticism? And could NBA commissioner Adam Silver actually own up to the league’s expressed ideals and ban the use of slave labor products during games, potentially angering his Chinese bosses?
Ha, I think you know how this plays out.
The NBA will keep right on taking money from modern day Nazis running actual Muslim slave labor cotton plantations, and the NBA will keep right on bowing for their Chinese masters.
It’s pathetic, but it’s reality.
These players, coaches and league officials either aren’t smart enough to understand that they are pawns in China’s global propaganda battle against the United States, or they know exactly what they’re doing and if you pay them enough money, they just don’t care at all.
Because when push comes to shove, the NBA’s star players and their league officials are all willing to shut up and dribble for Chairman Xi and his slave labor cotton plantations.