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Warriors Owner Admits He and The NBA Don’t Care About Chinese Genocide

An owner of the Golden State Warriors, Chamath Palihapitiya, confirmed what we pretty much already knew about NBA owners and players: they don’t care how China treats Uyghur Muslims as long as they can profit from the sneakers made there.

Palihapitiya told the hosts of the All In podcast this weekend that “nobody cares what’s happening to the Uyghurs” in China. Take a look:

“Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay. You bring it up because you care and I think it’s nice that you care. The rest of us don’t care. I’m just telling you a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things that I care about, yes, it is below my line,” Palihapitiya says.

In 2021, the U.S. declared that the Chinese Communist Party is committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Got that? Palihapitiya doesn’t mind modern-day genocide. This guy owns a professional basketball team. In fact, it’s one of the most prominent franchises in the NBA. He profits while the CCP chains Uyghurs in concentration camps and forces them to manufacture sneakers and other gear without pay or humane treatment.

So obviously the NBA is lying when it brands itself as a league fighting for social justice and human rights. The NBA and its players don’t care about human rights. They care about their brands. The NBA printed “Black Lives Matter” on the court because it was advantageous to their marketing campaign. 

Had Palihapitiya said he doesn’t care about George Floyd, the NBA would’ve forced him to sell his team by lunchtime. But luckily, Palihapitiya only belittles Uyghurs. The NBA is okay with that because it’s good for business.

The NBA is cashing checks from companies that happily profit from slave labor. Several NBA players have contracts with Anta and Li-Ning, the Chinese sportswear firms whose cotton supply chains are implicated in forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province.

OutKick’s Clay Travis wrote about NBA players who make money from slave labor last year:

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.

So the NBA owners and players not only don’t care about the treatment of Muslims in China, they are satisfied with it. Slave labor lines their pockets and keeps them in the good graces of the CCP. So of course the league won’t address Palihapitiya’s comments. Why would it? Adam Silver doesn’t care about Uyghurs either.

Written by Bobby Burack

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

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  1. At least he’s being honest. He said what 99.9% of owners and players feel. In San Francisco, they don’t care about religious persecution.

    They care about mandatory mask and vaccine mandates, transgender rights, solar panels, EV,’s, Starbucks, etc.

    If your neighbor gets robbed, it’s ok as long as no one gets hurt, they have insurance. It’s ok that there are feces and needles all over downtown because UC educated politicians created amazing legislation to beautify SF.

    When you slowly dehumanize everything over time, of course you wouldn’t care about innocent people being enslaved, tortured, and killed in work camps because the media outlets you choose to watch don’t report it, so it’s not real.

    Anyone considering sending their child to college in my home state should really reevaluate your decision. They may become wealthy professionals, they may fail out and put you in debt, but they will be subject to the dehumanization process that the Bay Area has been going through for years.

    And Mr. Adam Silver, supposedly of Jewish descent, has a lot to cover on his day of judgement, which will happen to all of us. Powerful men, with unlimited resources, who choose to ignore these types of atrocities may not be judged on earth, but they will be judged.

  2. If 80% of NBA players were Uyghurs, “The NBA” would not care about BLM. In fact, I’ll bet 99.9% of Uyghurs don’t care about The NBA or this billionaire galoot in San Francisco.
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    Adam Silver will NOT call this guy and say “Gee Chamath(?) ya probably shouldna said that.” This story will survive only as long as OUTKICK runs it. That, of course, applies to a LOT of stories that run here. … sigh.

  3. As noted above, at least he’s being honest. I will also say I don’t care about him, his family or anyone else in the NBA. I don’t know them. They are not friends. Other than being a distraction for the real important things in life, or for entertainment, sports are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Especially those I don’t personally participate in any longer. Though they are fun to bet on…

  4. I guess it should be unbelievable what that guy said but, at least, he’s truthful. Fuck the NBA. Anybody who supports the NBA supports Uyghurs being treated like slaves. Keep in mind what the left always says, “White silence is violence”. Well, the left silence on this shows they are full of shit. Racist pricks, all of them.

  5. Damn…white male fragility alert. Maybe the great Maga athletes and Very Fine People of the Alt Right will take over sports and show us how real men play football and basketball? Lmbao at conservatives on a daily basis.

    #ReplacedSmarterTougherBiggerAndMentallyTougher. #LukaAndJokerDontCryTheyCompete

  6. Problem is is he can say he doesn’t care and there’s absolutely no repercussions at all. Now if was asked about George Floyd and said he didn’t care he’d be forced to sale his share of ownership. And make no mistake no one and I mean no one gives a damn that worthless piece of shit died while in police custody. I fully assure Lebron didn’t lose a second of sleep over him dying.

  7. Let’s be clear about this NBA players, if the guy boldly says out loud with no shame that he couldn’t care less care about people being murdered for their beliefs, you can be assured he has absolutely zero respect for you as human beings too. He views you as his slaves working on his plantation. There’s just no way around it. You can’t turn your sincere care for human beings on and off like a light switch. You care or you don’t. Period. He made it easy for everyone, so no excuses now.

  8. FWIW … this guy only has a minority share of the GS Warriors, he is NOT the principal owner. Does not lessen the stupidity of his comment as a “representative” of NBA hierarchy.
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    He is trying to backoff from his original statement … “well, I didn’t really mean it that way …” which means someone (likely his fellow partners in the Warriors) have said “WTF are you doing you stupid SOB …?”
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