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:
Owner of the @warriors🏀 says he doesn’t care about the Uyghurs.
The conversation goes downhill from there.@chamath…
– questions whether a genocide is actually happening
– says the CCP isn’t a dictatorship
– says the US is no better than the CCP pic.twitter.com/qAwi7hUPvo
— Michael Sobolik (@michaelsobolik) January 17, 2022
“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.