The NBA is controlled directly by the Chinese Communist Party.
They might not hold an official deed, but they obviously dictate the policy of the NBA. That was on display again this past week following a video posted on Twitter by Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter.
Kanter took to Twitter over the course of several days to condemn Chinese President Xi Jinping and his regime’s oppression of Tibet.
Dear Brutal Dictator XI JINPING and the Chinese Government
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) October 20, 2021
In response, it didn’t take long for China to censor Boston Celtics games from their online game-streaming app.
Chinese basketball fans will no longer be able to view Celtics games in the communist nation.
CNBC reported the following:
“In a video posted on Twitter, Kanter called Chinese President Xi Jinping a ‘brutal dictator’ and said he supports Tibetan people’s ‘cause for freedom.’ The NBA star repeated the phrase ‘free Tibet’ three times while wearing a t-shirt with the Dalai Lama on it.
‘Under the Chinese government’s brutal rule, Tibetan peoples’ basic rights and freedoms are non-existent,’ Kanter said.”
Predictably, China wasn’t too pleased.
‘It’s despicable to use Tibet-related issues to get others’ attention,’ China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, according to a CNBC translation of its comment.”
Back in 2019, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the pro-democracy marchers in Hong Kong.
Morey simple tweet (now deleted) read: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”
He was immediately forced to apologize for having the audacity to speak out in favor of people marching for their freedom against the influence of communist China.
Taking direction from NBA upper management, Morey apologized:
“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider perspectives.”
He then tweeted, “I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention. My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.”
China is a basketball-loving nation that contributes 10% of the NBA’s revenue and offers the potential for future growth given the 1.4 billion people that live in the country.
The face of the NBA, LeBron James, weighed in on the controversy and proceeded to make a fool of himself.
He parroted the talking points of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese couldn’t have been happier with LeBron’s show of compliance.
When asked to comment on the controversy, James gave the following response:
“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation. I just think that when you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something- and I’m just talking about the tweet itself- you never know the ramifications that can happen.
We all see what that did not only for our league but for all us in America, for people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”
Way to take a stand, LeBron. The Chinese Communists thank you for your efforts.
At least one NBA player isn’t afraid of the Chinese communists.
Hopefully, Enes Kanter continues to hold the line against the evil regime.