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NBA Commissioner: ‘We certainly didn’t apologize to the Chinese government’

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Commissioner Adam Silver told TMZ Sports that’s he’s bothered so many people think the NBA knuckled under and apologized to China over Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong’s freedom.

TMZ Sports notes that Silver has been in contact with former Commissioner David Stern, who is still an adviser to the league. Not coincidentally, Stern, who is currently an executive-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts, gave a speech last night saying almost the same thing:

“Everyone got it wrong,” Stern said Wednesday…

“The NBA has gotten a very difficult rap the last few days, because it is being reported that it actually apologized to the Chinese for the tweet by Daryl Morey of Houston,” he said. “And in fact it never did. Adam Silver said that he regretted that our Chinese fans were upset by that, but that’s the way it is in America. You educate yourself and you go ahead and tweet. And we have free speech here.”…

The 77-year-old Stern, who served as commissioner for three decades until 2014, said he was ultimately “very proud of the way the NBA has handled itself” in the midst of such a high-profile international dispute.

It’s true that the initial statement didn’t contain the word “apologize,” but the point of the statement was to express regret that “friends and fans in China” were “deeply offended” over Morey’s support for Hong Kong’s independence. That certainly makes it sound as if they are sorry about it.

But the new version of reality being offered by Silver and Stern also fails to mention a couple of other things, starting with the fact that the NBA published two different versions of the statement, one in English and one in Mandarin for Chinese fans. As the Associated Press pointed out, the two statements were very different in tone:

A politically charged disagreement over Morey’s tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters got an additional wrinkle when the NBA posted a statement Monday on Weibo — a Twitter-like microblogging site used in China — saying the league was “extremely disappointed” by what it called an “inappropriate” comment. The same post said the NBA’s stance was that Morey’s view “severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.”…

“There should be no discrepancy on the statement issued last night,” Bass said Monday. “We have seen various interpretations of the translation of the Mandarin version, but our statement in English is the league’s official statement.”

Silver claims the NBA didn’t apologize to the Chinese government but the Manadarin statement actually echoed the Chinese government:

The “hurt feelings” phrase is commonly used by Chinese authorities to describe perceived gaffes by foreign parties. Similar phrasing was used by Mercedes-Benz in February 2018 when it had to apologize for quoting the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post. The auto company apologized for “wrong information” that “hurt the feelings of Chinese people.”

Silver and Stern also fail to mention the apology to China by James Harden: “We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there.” You can watch the clip below but it kinda-sorta sounds as if Harden is apologizing not just on his own behalf but for the league as a whole. Maybe Commissioner Silver rebuked him for that. If so, I missed it.

All of this together sounds a lot like an apology to me. Was it an apology to the Chinese government or just to fans? Are we supposed to pretend the NBA doesn’t know China is a one-party communist dictatorship where every decision about the NBA’s existence in China is up to the government and not the free market? I guess that’s what Silver wants us to pretend but let’s instead assume Silver actually knows who he has to appeased in China. It’s definitely not the fans.

The moving of the goalposts by Commissioner Silver and former Commissioner Stern means the NBA has finally stopped worrying so much about what China thinks and started worrying more about what Americans (and Canadians) think. They still have a problem here at home where LeBron James-style woke hypocrisy hasn’t gone over well with everyone. Yahoo News reports that Raptors fans are planning a t-shirt giveaway for the team’s season opener next Tuesday:

A group of Canadian fans in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement have raised more than $34,000 to make and distribute as many as 7,000 T shirts to Raptors fans taking in the team’s season opener Tuesday Oct. 2 vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. The group had set up a GoFundMe page earlier in the week in the hopes of procuring enough money to make 5,000 shirts.

Here’s what the shirts will look like:

Wouldn’t it be a shame if shirts like this appeared at games around the US? I sure hope that doesn’t happen.

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Peter Navarro Invented an Expert for His Books, Based on Himself

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Peter Navarro, a top White House trade adviser, has developed a reputation in Washington as a Rasputin-like China hawk who whispers anti-China musings in President Trump’s ear.

This week, Washington learned about the mysterious anti-China voice that has long whispered in Mr. Navarro’s ear: Ron Vara.

Ron Vara has appeared as a cryptic voice of economic wisdom more than a dozen times in five of Mr. Navarro’s 13 books, dispensing musings like “You’ve got to be nuts to eat Chinese food” and “Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon and a cellphone battery into heart-piercing shrapnel.”

But Ron Vara, it turns out, does not exist. At least not in corporeal form. He is apparently a figment of Mr. Navarro’s imagination — an anagram of Mr. Navarro’s surname that the trade adviser created as a Hitchcockian writing device and stuck with as something of an inside joke with himself.

Mr. Navarro’s imaginary source surfaced this week when The Chronicle of Higher Education published some of the findings of Tessa Morris-Suzuki, an emeritus professor at Australian National University.

Ms. Morris-Suzuki, concerned about Mr. Navarro’s statements on China, started digging into his earlier work. She unearthed about a dozen instances when Mr. Navarro, previously a business school professor at the University of California, Irvine, had invoked Ron Vara. Curious why she could find no record of such a person, she soon discovered he was not real.

“I think it’s a very strange thing for an academic to do in books that he is presenting as factual,” Ms. Morris-Suzuki said in an email. “It might be different if a writer — even a university-based one — were writing something that was obviously lighthearted and comical and in a nonacademic context.”

Mr. Navarro holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. His interests shifted from utility regulation to investment strategy before he latched on to China, becoming a notorious hawk whose anti-China screeds like his book and documentary film “Death by China” caught the eye of Mr. Trump.

Ron Vara first appeared in Mr. Navarro’s 2001 book, “If It’s Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks.” He was described as a gulf war reservist who, like Mr. Navarro, had studied economics at Harvard.

Some of Mr. Navarro’s insights in that book are attributed to Ron Vara in later works, Ms. Morris-Suzuki said. For instance, Mr. Navarro advised in his 2001 book, “Don’t play checkers in a chess world.” That same wisdom is attributed to Ron Vara in “The Well-Timed Strategy” (2006) and “Always a Winner” (2009).

Far from an investing oracle, Ron Vara tended to offer advice in bite-size clichés, such as “Ride the stock market cycle — or be run over,” which appeared in Mr. Navarro’s book “When the Market Moves, Will You Be Ready?”

By the time Mr. Navarro’s musings turned to China, so did, naturally, those of Ron Vara. In “The Coming China Wars,” a section about China’s “poisoned food chain” warned about toxic Chinese fish being exported to the United States. A quote from Ron Vara drove the point home: “You’ve got to be nuts to eat Chinese food.”

“Death by China,” Mr. Navarro’s seminal book, which he wrote with Greg Autry, used a Ron Vara quote to set up a section about how the American eagle had become the world’s biggest pigeon: “The Manufacturing Dragon is voracious. The Colonial Dragon is relentless. The American Eagle is asleep at the wheel.”

A White House spokesman had no comment on Mr. Navarro’s work. A spokesman for the University of California, Irvine, declined to weigh in.

“Mr. Navarro is on leave and no longer represents the university, so we do not have a comment,” said Tom Vasich, the university’s director of media relations. We appreciate your interest in U.C.I.”

In a statement to The Chronicle, Mr. Navarro likened Ron Vara to “Alfred Hitchcock appearing briefly in cameo in his movies” and said it was “refreshing” that someone finally figured out his joke.

The fact that Ron Vara was fake was lost on those who know Mr. Navarro, including some who collaborated with him on writings that attributed comments to the fake source.

Glenn Hubbard, who co-wrote “Seeds of Destruction” with him, told The New York Times that he had been unaware of the creative license that Mr. Navarro had taken.

Michael Pillsbury, a China scholar at the Hudson Institute who occasionally plays tennis with Mr. Navarro, said he hadn’t realized that Mr. Navarro had dabbled in fiction.

“I always knew Peter was creative and imaginative, but I badly misunderestimated him,” Mr. Pillsbury said.

Mr. Navarro declined to elaborate further to The Times. He did, however, invoke his alter-ego once more.

“As Ron Vara might say, ‘Lighten up and have fun reading the books,’” Mr. Navarro said in a text message.

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Could The China Trade War Be Nearing An End?

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Ever since the Trump administration began shifting how it dealt with China on trade, doomsday prophets have been warning us that we would all feel the economic pain of new tariffs and our economy may not survive it.

So far, that doesn’t seem to have played out as dramatically as predicted as the trade war has ebbed and flowed over two years. And now, if the White House is correct it its assessment, the war may be nearing its end.

While Americans certainly have paid billions more per month, and have been encouraged to buy American to help minimize the sting, according to a Friday announcement from the White House, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping hope to sign the first phase of a tentative trade deal at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on Nov. 16-17 in Santiago, Chile.

Initially, the White House decided on a good faith action to suspend an Oct. 15 scheduled increase in tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods. But the tariffs on another $400 billion of goods from China, as well as new tariffs scheduled to take effect in December, have not been included in the phase I portion of the new deal.

For now, it looks like the initial phase will be all about China buying American agricultural goods as it battles challenges in its own agricultural sector.

According to Trump, China has also agreed to continue purchasing more U.S. agricultural products. Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural products have been resuming as China’s farmers continue to battle an African Swine Flu and Fall Armyworm infestation that’s been destroying their pig and crop numbers.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin clarified that China will eventually buy between $40 to $50 billion worth of agricultural products a year.

While there is no text for phase one of a deal with China, in principle, other parts of the deal will include addressing issues like non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural exports to China, financial services and market accessibly, intellectual property protection, stopping the transfer of technology, and possibly an agreement on currency manipulation.

Some of these issues will be covered in other phases as well.

The Daily Signal suggests the phased approach may be a work-around for the two leaders to gain trust in the wake of other potential deals that failed earlier in 2019. If the deal is agreed upon in November, planning for future phases will likely begin immediately.

Which raises the question: what will those who warned engaging in a trade war would lead to never-ending negotiations and increasingly high prices have to criticize if the administration manages to get a phased deal going?

What will happen if it works?

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Meme Game Strong: Ben Sasse Trolls LeBron James by Using Popular Meme to Question His ‘Woke’ Creds

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., returns to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing after a break on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

As I wrote yesterday, basketball superstar LeBron James stepped in it bigly on Monday night in response to a question about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s simple statement of support for Hong Kong protesters, which was tweeted on 10/4, just days before James and his L.A. Lakers teammates traveled to China to take on the Brooklyn Nets in two preseason games.

Not only was James’ initial statement an epic fail, but his follow-up two-tweet thread on Twitter actually made matters worse for the future Hall of Famer, as he complained about how Morey “could have waited a week” before sending out his tweet because it had been a “difficult week” for him, his fellow Lakers, and the NBA.

James, who is practically a woke legend in liberal/Democratic/social justice warrior circles, was widely criticized for his hypocrisy on the issue, with many people noting a tweet he posted in January 2018 that included a quote from MLK, Jr. about fighting injustice everywhere and the dangers of remaining silent:

James tripled down in comments made on Tuesday afternoon, as reported by the USA Today’s Mark Medina:

It was the video clip of James’ Tuesday comments that Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was responding to when he posted this hilarious but on-point meme:

I’d say that about sums the situation up for “PeKing James.”

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Ted Cruz Dunks on LeBron James for Kissing Up to “Communists, Tyrants,” and “Murderers” of China

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Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz took shot verbal shots at NBA player LeBron James after the star basketball player sided with China in its anger toward those in the NBA who would speak out against it.

According to TMZ, Cruz took aim at LeBron’s concern for money and sponsorship dollars, specifically from Nike, and said he understands the need to keep your income, but that siding with murderous tyrants isn’t the look he should be going for.

“I got to say, LeBron James, he’s a hell of a player, but it sure seems his comments were more interested in money and making bucks and I get it,” said Cruz. “Nike is a big sponsor of his and he makes a whole lot of money, but kissing up to Chinese communists and tyrants and apologizing for murderers, that’s not a good look for the NBA.”

Cruz said he didn’t mind athletes speaking out on politics, but when they speak out in ignorance and end up defending tyrants, that’s when he begins to have a problem. He went on to defend  Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet about standing with Hong Kong.

Cruz encouraged LeBron to educate himself about the Chinese government’s past of oppressing and persecuting their own people, and those of other countries.

“I would encourage LeBron to learn a little bit about the people of Tibet, learn a little bit about Falun Gong, the religious persecution and the torture and the horrific human rights abuses that occur in China,” he said.

Cruz said that doing business with China is one thing, but capitulating to their rules and ways isn’t the way to go.

“Now, that doesn’t mean we should never do business with China,” he added, “but we don’t need to adopt their values. We don’t need to embrace censorship and propaganda — and sadly that’s what the Chinese government wants the NBA to do.”

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Report: U.S. Hit Iran With a Cyber Attack After Saudi Oil Field Was Struck

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Get ready, being this is the future of war.

In the wake of the attack on the Saudi oil fields, it looked like we were going to strike Iran once U.S. intelligence confirmed it was indeed the Iranians. President Trump made some comments that we had enough of the behavior of the regime and it looked like an attack would happen at any minute.

Well, it did, just not how it has happened for the past 30 years. A new report out says that the United State did strike Iran but on the cyber level and not with bombs.

According to The Hill

The U.S. hit Iran with a secret cyberattack after a September strike on two Saudi oil facilities that Washington and Riyadh both blame on Tehran, according to Reuters.

Two U.S. officials told the news service that the operation, which took place late last month, targeted Tehran’s ability to spread “propaganda.” One of the officials said the attack hit physical hardware, but declined to provide further information.

“They must have dreamt it,” Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi responded, according to Iran’s Fars news agency.

One person’s dream is another person’s nightmare.

The United States has been the target of a number of cyberattacks from Russia, China, and North Korea over the past 10 years. Our dependence on the internet and, quite frankly, our grid are an open target for our enemies. So much so that Trump issued an executive order earlier this year about an EMP attack. Trump issued an executive order to prepare for an EMP attack

So, it is not surprising that the U.S would show a bit of what it can do to Iran to give them something to think about and also to Iran’s pals the Russians and the Chi-coms.

Hopefully, our best and brightest are working to make sure we stay ahead of the curve here and prevent this country’s enemies from striking in the same way. The U.S is incredibly dependent on electronic transactions of numerous types and if that capability went down or the power grid was fried, this country would be tested like never before.

As President Trump showed with this move, we can attack you without dropping bombs on your country.

We need to keep the same thing in mind in this country.

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Huawei Reports Stronger Sales Growth

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BEIJING — Huawei said on Wednesday that its sales had risen by 27 percent in the latest quarter, a faster pace of growth that suggests the Chinese technology giant has been successfully weathering the Trump administration’s efforts to stymie its business around the world.

The United States added the smartphone and telecom gear maker to an export blacklist in May, causing the company’s revenue growth to slow to 13 percent for the second quarter of this year. But on Wednesday, Huawei said growth had recovered to 27 percent in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, even though the blacklist means the company is still restricted from buying parts and technology from American suppliers.

Huawei is the world’s leading producer of the equipment in cellphone networks. American officials have long been concerned that the company’s products could be used in intelligence-gathering by the Chinese government, an accusation that Huawei has repeatedly denied.

The company said Wednesday that it had so far signed 60 contracts with telecom carriers around the world to provide equipment for networks using the next generation of wireless technology, or 5G.

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Unreal: Lebron James May Have Pressured NBA to Punish Daryl Morey for Pro-Hong Kong Statement

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NBA star LeBron James shocked Americans last night with a statement attacking Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over his tweet supporting the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

Morey tweeted, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”

We reported on his statement earlier today.

“We talk about freedom of speech, yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but, at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, you’re only thinking about yourself,” James said.

“So I don’t believe, I don’t want to get into a word, or sentence, feud with Daryl, with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financial, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say, and what we do,” he declared.

“Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negatives,” James declared.

He criticized Morey for allegedly being “uneducated” on the subject, after saying he, James, wasn’t sufficiently educated enough on the “political side” to make a comment on the substance of the question.

“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 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.”

That was offensive and bad enough, a rejection of American values and a complete kowtow to the Chinese.

But then he followed it up with two further tweets that were seemingly tone-deaf to both the oppression of the Chinese government and the feelings of Americans on the subject.

But now there is a report that it’s even worse than that, that James himself may have pressured NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to punish Morey for his simple statement, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin at 3:30 of this video.

According to the Daily Caller:

“Nearly a week ago today, in a Shanghai hotel room, or Shanghai hotel ballroom, Adam Silver got up and addressed the players, and LeBron James is one of the players who got up and spoke and said, ‘Hey, what are we doing here? Daryl Morey made these statements,’” McMenamin recalled on air Tuesday. “You know damn well if a player made the same statements and caused such poor ramifications for the league, there would be some sort of league recourse.”

“There would be repercussions the player has to pay. You know, potentially this tweet could cost the NBA hundreds of millions of dollars. That could come out of the players’ pockets, and so that’s the double standard that was being addressed in that meeting,” he continued.

So he not only was he toting water for the Chinese and attacking Morey for his statement, James was pushing Silver that Morey should be fined for his tweet as well.

Hope his new Communist masters are pleased with him, because he seems to be following their example well, silence anyone who dares speak up and make sure they are punished. And this from a guy who has not held back in his criticisms of the United States on civil rights. But apparently Chinese money is more important than human rights.

If he or the NBA thinks this is the way to make this go away, they’re sadly mistaken.

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Babylon Bee Dunks on LeBron James After Basketball Superstar Said Daryl Morey “Could Have Waited a Week”

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Nick wrote this morning about the appalling statement the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James gave on the Daryl Morey Hong Kong tweet controversy.

Here’s a quick recap of what James said in pregame comments Monday night at the Staples Center in L.A. about Morey’s comments, via The Hill:

“I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke,” James said. “So many people could have been harmed, not just financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

After the comment sparked a firestorm on social media, James clarified his remarks.

“I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet,” James tweeted. “I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that.”

James expanded on his thoughts in another tweet, where he stated Morey “could have waited” a week to make his comments in support of Hong Kong’s protesters because “My team and this league just went through a difficult week”:

James’ response was a really, really bad look for a guy who has been treated as though he is the “wokest” of all NBA players. James has definitely not been shy about using his platform as a basketball superstar and future Hall of Famer to show support for Colin Kaepernick’s NFL kneeling, campaign for Hillary Clinton, and declare that people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 were “uneducated.”

He even tweeted this MLK, Jr. quote in January 2018:

Because James has clearly changed his tune on the injustices of the world and the need to speak out against those injustices, the Babylon Bee decided to deliver a dunk of their own against him for his staggering ignorance on Hong Kong as well as his woke hypocrisy:

LOS ANGELES, CA—NBA superstar Lebron James recently told reporters that while he respects what Rosa Parks did for civil rights by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955 Alabama, he thinks her protest “probably could have waited a week.”
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James, an expert in geopolitical relations as well as the game of basketball, went on to explain that people in power stand to lose a lot of money when protesters challenge the status quo.

Perfect.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

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Josh Hawley re: LeBron James’ Hong Kong Comments: Garbage

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo) didn’t mince words responding to LeBron James’ ignorance comments regarding China and Hong Kong.  As Nick Arama detailed this morning, James decided to lecture Houston Rockets’ Manager Daryl Morey regarding his need to be more “educated” about the situation before weighing in on it.

“So I don’t believe, I don’t want to get into a word, or sentence, feud with Daryl, with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financial, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say, and what we do,” he declared.

“Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negatives,” James declared.

He criticized Morey for allegedly being “uneducated” on the subject, after saying he, James, wasn’t sufficiently educated enough on the “political side” to make a comment on the substance of the question.

“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 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.” (READ: LeBron James Gives Horrible Response on China Controversy and Daryl Morey’s Support of Hong Kong.)

There has been plenty of (understandable) blowback on James since.

Senator Josh Hawley, having just returned from Hong Kong (READ: Josh Hawley Has a Great Suggestion for Hong Kong Leader Angered By Him Calling It a Police State), issued his own rebuke.

“Having just been in Hong Kong – on the streets & with the protestors – this kind of garbage is hard to take. LeBron, are YOU educated on “the situation”? Why don’t you go to Hong Kong? Why don’t you meet the people there risking their lives for their most basic liberties,” tweeted Hawley.

He continued: “This statement is unbelievable. “So many people could have been harmed”? By Daryl Morey daring to express sympathy for democracy? News flash: people ARE being harmed – shot, beaten, gassed – right now in Hong Kong. By China. By the Communist Party the NBA is so eager to appease.”

Hawley is exactly right. James’ pontificating regarding the need of people to educate themselves on a situation before speaking on it, while speaking on a situation about which he’s either un(der)educated or in which he has a not-so-veiled vested interest is the height (no pun intended) of hypocrisy.

 


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