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LeBron James’ criticism of Daryl Morey receives backlash on social media

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He shoots and–according to many on social media– misses badly.

Lebron James, the Los Angeles Lakers’ star who often comments on domestic, social and political issues, criticized Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey‘s ‘misinformed’ decision to take to Twitter to call on support for protesters in Hong Kong who are facing off against what they see as an encroaching Beijing.

James told reporters in Los Angeles Monday night that Morey’s tweet was misinformed.

Morey’s now-deleted tweet read: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

James, one of the most recognizable players in the league who was just in China for pre-season games, indicated that Morey would have done well to show restraint.

“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,” James said. “We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of 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.”

The protests gripping Hong Kong began in response to a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China. The movement then ballooned to encompass broader clamors for universal suffrage, an independent inquiry of the policing methods used against protesters and other demands.

James clarified the remarks later on Twitter, saying his team and league “just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”

James insisted that he was not commenting on the tweet’s substance.

Dan Wolken, a writer for USA Today, wrote a column calling the episode the most “disgraceful moment” of  James’ career.

“If only Morey had done what you did Monday, LeBron, and tacitly admit that the only thing that really matters is your ability to sell shoes and market “Space Jam 2” in a country of 1.4 billion, we could have had an intellectually honest discussion about doing business in China and the cost of free speech in a country where only propaganda is tolerated,” he wrote.

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Social media users posted videos of the violent protests in the city and called out the superstar for treading carefully around the issue so he doesn’t offend the lucrative Chinese market.

“No more King James, Chairman James from now on,” one user wrote.

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Newt Gingrich: China is swindling US investors out of millions of dollars with an incredible con game

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We are now seeing China’s clear effort to influence American businesses.

China’s aggressive response to the National Basketball Association after one of its members expressed support of democracy in Hong Kong is yet another reminder that the Chinese Communist Party is a totalitarian dictatorship that wants to lessen freedom and bolster its own influence across the globe.

In fact, the NBA is just the latest American organization China has sought to bully into following its party line by weaponizing China’s massive market share.

As I discuss in my upcoming book, “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat,” the Chinese Communist Party has used similar economic tactics with American communication companies, Hollywood and other U.S. industries.

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However, this just one of the ways China has been using (or misusing) economics to weaken its rivals and strengthen itself. On this week’s episode of “Newt’s World,” I discuss what we are calling China’s con game.

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For years, Chinese companies – which are traded on U.S. stock exchanges – have been inflating (or completely falsifying) their valuations to entice U.S. investment. I spoke with one guest who described a supposed factory in China that would only turn on the lights when investors came to inspect it.

In another example, a supposedly massive factory operating in China was found to only have 40 employees. The result has been that U.S. investors have poured many millions of dollars into these Chinese companies only to have the businesses turn out to be completely phony – leaving investors out of luck with almost no recourse.

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While these companies are traded on U.S. exchanges, many are able to conceal their financials – and ignore other transparency rules that would foil their schemes.

This is not a small number of companies. One of my guests, Dan David – who risked jail to investigate the companies in China – found that 30 out of 30 companies he first investigated were complete shams. The CEOs of these companies would simply keep all the investment capital and keep the scams going as long as they could. Since they are in China, there is no real consequence for stealing from American citizens.

This isn’t simply hotshot investors who are losing their money. Since these companies are traded on U.S. markets, many are included in mutual funds, 401k plans, and other retirement packages held by ordinary Americans.

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In many cases, the large banks that are trading these stocks aren’t concerned about the legitimacy of the companies – so long as they keep money flowing. And my guests told me government agencies were all but powerless to stop the thefts.

It was a tremendously eye-opening conversation for me, and I hope you will listen this week and learn about China’s con game.

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NBA shows ‘no spine’ regarding China’s alleged human rights abuses: Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis

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The NBA, which has rarely hesitated to speak out on U.S. political matters in recent years, showed “no spine” this week when faced with an opportunity to denounce China‘s alleged human rights abuses, Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis said Friday.

“They have no spine when it comes to what’s going on in China,” Travis told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“This is, I believe, the worst week that any pro sports league has had in my life,” he added.

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What started last weekend with a tweet from the Houston Rockets general manager, praising pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, devolved into a series of what critics viewed as mealy-mouthed statements from several NBA figures as they seemingly looked to avoid angering the communist government in Beijing.

The flap came while two of the league’s teams — the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets — were in Shanghai for two preseason games and other scheduled events, several of which were ultimately canceled because of the controversy.

On Friday, Travis told Ingraham the NBA has not been afraid to support domestic political movements in the past but has been reticent to criticize China.

He pointed to the NBA having relocated an All-Star Game out of Charlotte, N.C., over the Tarheel State’s transgender bathroom law, and liberal-minded coaches like Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors frequently criticizing President Trump.

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Travis claimed Kerr’s comments in wake of the China controversy gave the impression that the governments in Washington and Beijing were “basically the same thing.”

Speaking to reporters, Kerr was asked about China’s alleged abuses and responded that America’s own “record” has not come up in China.

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“People in China didn’t ask me about people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall,” Kerr said. “The world is a complex place.”

For several days, the NBA’s stars and coaches have appeared uncomfortable, unwilling or unable to discuss the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and China’s mainland human rights abuses. The league’s solution seemed to be shutting down discussion altogether.

The league announced Friday it would not hold any media availability events for the rest of its Chinese jaunt, a day after Beijing prohibited any kind of news conference before or after Thursday’s preseason game between the Lakers and Nets.

The teams were scheduled to play again in China on Saturday morning, U.S. time, before returning to the U.S.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman has affinity for extraterrestrial life

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NBA players appear to love to theorize about whether the Earth is flat and whether Americans actually walked on the moon, but at least one player is now coming clean about his affinity for extraterrestrials.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman expressed his interest in alien documentaries in an interview with UPROXX on Wednesday, saying he believes there is extraterrestrial life out there.

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“Mostly I like ones about aliens,” Osman said when asked about which documentaries he likes to watch on Netflix, adding “kind of like because I believe in them.”

His teammate Ante Zizic also quipped about Osman’s interest in aliens.

“No, no, I’m not interested in any kind of aliens, nothing similar,” he told UPROXX. “Cedi, he’s spending too much time on Netflix. Aliens, and a bunch of all that. No, but that’s not for me.”

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The 24-year-old Macedonian is entering his third full season with the Cavaliers.

In 76 games, he averaged 13 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. He started in 75 of the 76 games and is going to be expected to make a larger impact with the team this season.

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The Cavaliers were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season. They finished with a 19-63 record and received the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft.

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NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers deny anti-Israel socialist group influenced end of team’s ‘Hometown Hero’ veterans program

The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers issued a statement Thursday night, denying that the team’s “Hometown Hero” partnership with a supplier to the U.S. military ended because of “external pressure.”

The team’s statement, posted via Twitter, followed a recent report in Willamette Week, that said several organizations – including the Portland Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – had opposed the basketball team’s relationship with rifle-scope manufacturer Leupold & Stevens, which supplies the devices to the U.S. military and the armed forces of other countries, including Israel, which the socialist group described as a “brutal occupying force.”

In its statement, the NBA team said the military contractor, not the basketball team, chose to end the partnership, in which local veterans were honored at the team’s home games.

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“Leupold’s sponsorship contract officially expired at the end of last season and Leupold & Stevens made the decision not to renew,” the Trail Blazers said in a statement. “Their decision was business-related and not influenced by external pressure as being misreported by certain media outlets.”

After the Blazers’ statement appeared, Portland’s democratic socialists posted a copy on Twitter, accompanied by a mocking GIF of the Marcia character from a “Brady Bunch” movie saying, “Sure, Jan.”

The socialists had also claimed victory when the Willamette Week story appeared.

“We are grateful for the hard work of the many community groups, activists, Blazers fans, and veterans who united around this important issue to stand up for Palestinian human rights,” Portland DSA co-chair Olivia Katbi Smith said in a statement, according to Willamette Week. “We are relieved that the Blazers have done the right thing and finally ended this completely unnecessary partnership with a company that has provided sniper scopes to a brutal occupying force.”

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The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, in red, face the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Associated Press)

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According to Willamette Week, a “Hometown Hero” segment at a Trail Blazers game last season saw a member of the Portland socialist group – who was a former Marine Corps security guard — suddenly unzip his jacket and reveal a shirt with the words, “End This Sponsorship #NoLeupold.”

Katbi Smith said the group also planned to protest the Trail Blazers’ Thursday night preseason game against a visiting team from Israel, Maccabi Haifa.

A Twitter post appeared later, showing DSA members holding a banner outside the game reading, “Don’t Play Apartheid.”

The NBA has been under fire recently for what some viewed as a poor response to the Chinese government after the general manager of the Houston Rockets spoke out in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

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Critics of various political persuasions argued that the basketball league did not initially react strongly enough in support of free speech, possibly out of concern for potential risks to its business interests in communist China.

After the Rockets executive’s statement, Chinese officials canceled several events surrounding a visit to Shanghai this week by the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, but the teams’ scheduled game in Shangahi, on Thursday morning in the U.S., was played as scheduled.

The Lakers and Nets are scheduled to play a second game in China on Saturday morning, U.S. time, before returning to the U.S.

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Steve Kerr says he hasn’t been asked about US ‘human rights abuses’ when asked about China

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Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, told reporters Thursday he has never been asked about “human rights abuses” that take place in the U.S. when he visits China.

“No. Nor has our record of human rights abuses come up either,” he said after a reporter asked if he had been questioned about Chinese human rights while in China. “People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.”

“The world is a complex place and there’s more gray than black and white,” he added.

Kerr, a frequent Trump critic, was called out by the president earlier this week when he said he didn’t have any thoughts on whether the Chinese were wrong to pressure the NBA to not voice support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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“He was like a little boy, he was so scared…. He was shaking,” Trump said. “He didn’t know how to answer the question.”

The NBA has had a growing relationship with China, but voicing support for anti-Communist protesters in Hong Kong threatens to damage that relationship.

Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey recently tweeted a since-deleted photo in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Afterward, Chinese state television decided not to air two NBA exhibition games in the country.

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“It’s a really bizarre international story,” Kerr said about the controversy. “A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further.”

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

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Man who had pro-Hong Kong sign confiscated at NBA game in Washington says league is ‘afraid’ of China

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A spectator at the Washington Wizards’ exhibition game versus the Guangzhou Long-Lions reacted to having security take away his pro-Hong Kong signage.

Jon Schweppe told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” the NBA regularly allows its players to take politcal stances, but would not allow any free expression against the Chinese government in this particular case.

“I think it was done by someone up top,” he said of the decision to take the signs. “They don’t want to talk about it,” he said of Beijing’s alleged human rights abuses. “They’re afraid to upset their bottom line with China.”

During the interview, host Tucker Carlson wondered aloud how free expression could be restricted in Washington of all places.

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“This is in the nation’s capital… and you can’t protest mainland China — in the capital of the United States,” Carlson said.

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Schweppe agreed with the sentiment, pointing to the NBA previously pulling its All-Star Game out of North Carolina amid the battle over Raleigh’s transgender bathroom law.

He also recalled his interaction with security at the Capital One Arena in downtown Washington.

Schweppe claimed security guards were talking to each other when he and his friends unveiled their first banner, and then took action when a second sign was taken out.

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During the interview, Carlson played video from Schweppe, which showed part of their interaction with security.

“What is the reasoning?” a man is heard asking when a security guard tells him he wants to take away the banner.

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“It’s Capital One Arena, we understand — we respect your freedom of speech,” the guard said. “We are just personally not having — we don’t have any stance on it, so we’re just asking any signed related to that not be in here tonight.”

At the game, after the Chinese national anthem was played, one person shouted: “Freedom of expression! Freedom of speech! Free Hong Kong!” A second person also shouted for a free Hong Kong from the second level during the second quarter of the contest.

Security guards at the Capital One Arena then confronted a fan holding up a “Free Tibet” sign and another holding up the Tibet flag. Security tried to take the sign, but the fan resisted and they walked away from their seats and were followed by security.

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Andrew Yang rips Chinese government’s ‘ridiculous’ decision not to broadcast NBA games

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Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang condemned the Chinese government’s decision not to broadcast two NBA preseason games Thursday, claiming that the Communist nation was mainly hurting its own people.

“The Chinese government banning NBA games because of a deleted tweet by a franchise employee is ridiculous,” Yang, the son of immigrants from Taiwan, told The Hill. “The main losers would be the Chinese fans who would find another way to watch the games. The NBA should feel confident in its position and stand up for the free speech rights of its employees.”

Yang’s comments were just the latest perspective added to an ongoing controversy surrounding Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s support for pro-democracy, anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong.

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That support, expressed in a now-deleted tweet, caused a massive backlash in China, where state-run China Central Television (CCTV) said it would not air two exhibition games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. The outlet also took aim at NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who defended Morey’s right to free speech.

“We voice our strong dissatisfaction and opposition to Adam Silver offering as an excuse the right to freedom of expression,” CCTV said, according to The New York Times. “We believe that no comments challenging national sovereignty and social stability fall within the scope of freedom of expression.”

Others in the NBA have faced American criticism for their responses. ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann had scathing criticism for Rockets player James Harden after he apologized to China.

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“The @NBA’s obsequiousness on this, from [Nets owner] @joetsai1999 to the smarmy league Statement on @dmorey to this Harden remark, is embarrassing beyond words. To stand up for the democratic freedoms we have here is to risk alienating those who would suppress them,” Olbermann tweeted on Monday.

Normally outspoken Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr also provoked backlash when he declined to comment on the issue.

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NBA in China: Rockets shut down question to James Harden, Russell Westbrook about tweet fallout

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A Houston Rockets media relations official shut down a reporter’s question to stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook on Thursday amid the continuing controversy surrounding the NBA and China.

A video posted on Twitter by The Athletic’s Rockets insider, Alykhan Bijani, showed CNN’s Christina Macfarlane asking a question about whether Harden and Westbrook “would feel differently about speaking out” about geopolitical issues in the future due to the fallout from this week, which saw stars and coaches appear uncomfortable answering China-specific questions — which earned them a public rebuke from President Trump.

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But instead of allowing the two to answer the general question, the spokesperson chimed in almost immediately and told Macfarlane the questions were only going to be about basketball topics. When the spokesperson said the question had already been answered this week, Macfarlane said the question wasn’t answered and that it was a “legitimate question.”

The NBA-China controversy originated in a single tweet sent by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. It’s a subject Harden has been answering reporters’ questions about, telling the media earlier in the week that Morey’s tweet hasn’t been a distraction, according to The Athletic.

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“It’s not a distraction,” he said Tuesday. “We’re focusing on our team and getting better. We’re glad to see Russ [Westbrook] back out there on the basketball court. Our sole focus is on the Rockets and how we can get better every single day.”

Harden, earlier this week, apologized to China for Morey’s tweet.

“We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us, individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love.” he said. “We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization.”

Earlier in Thursday’s news conference, Macfarlane asked coach Mike D’Antoni if he had a message to Chinese fans who may have been let down by the NBA’s response to Morey’s tweet.

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“You know what, it’s a tough situation,” he said. “It’s very difficult. Adam Silver speaks for the NBA. I work for the NBA. I go with Adam…Commissioner Silver will do the right thing. You can’t answer questions like that because you’re wrong no matter what. I’m here to speak basketball. Talk basketball. Whatever I say is not right…I coach basketball, I’m not a diplomat or around the world.”

The Rockets finished up a series in Japan on Thursday.

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The team plays two more preseason games next week before the regular season begins.

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NBA in China: Lakers, Nets Shanghai preseason game to have no media availability

The Chinese government reportedly canceled all media availabilities Thursday surrounding an NBA preseason game in Shanghai between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, an exhibition game that’s morphed into a flashpoint after Beijing began retaliating in response to a general manager’s tweet expressing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

In addition to eliminating the gameday press sessions, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, China had already canceled news conferences Wednesday, nixed a pair of NBA Cares public relations events, removed signage featuring stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis from several buildings and banned the game from even being broadcast in China. There will still be a global feed, however, and the game can be viewed outside of the Communist country.

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Nearly all of the NBA’s partners in China – 11 of 13 businesses – have cut ties with the league, according to CNBC.

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A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo)

The entire fracas stems from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” from his personal account during the weekend. Morey has since expanded on the tweet but the damage control effort achieved little.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, meanwhile, has tried to walk a perilous line between supporting free speech and dealing with business partners overseen by a totalitarian government.

Silver said in a statement Tuesday that the league “will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues.”

“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences,” Silver said. “This is about far more than growing our business…Values of equality, respect and freedom of expression have long defined the NBA — and will continue to do so. As an American-based basketball league operating globally, among our greatest contributions are these values of the game.”

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The threat of cancelation has constantly loomed over the games, but Thursday’s tilt, as well as a second planned exhibition on Saturday, was still going ahead amid the stringent press restrictions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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