Lakers basketball player Lebron James. Photo: Tampa Bay Times

By SILVIO CANTO, JR.

So who got the National Basketball Association (NBA) to shut up and dribble?

Answer: China in its most intimidating ways, as David Whitley wrote in the Orlando Sentinel:

“Amid all the preaching, would someone please make a peep about a country that commits more human rights abuses in 10 minutes than the United States does in 10 years?

“Don’t press your ears against the NBA’s bubble waiting for an answer.

“The league officially declared it has no soul in October, when Houston general manager Daryl Morey sent one measly tweet supporting the democracy protests in Hong Kong.

“In response, the Chinese Communist Party started pulling NBA games off TV and merchandise off shelves. With its multibillion-dollar relationship threatened, the NBA quickly bowed in subservience and sent Morey to re-education camp.

“Since then, the NBA has stayed mum as China ransacked all rights in Hong Kong, unleashed covid-19 on the world ,and herded countless more Uighur Muslims onto trains bound for slave labor camps.”

Yes, those guys in the NBA know full well who pays their salaries, or at least, who will punish them if they don’t “shut up and dribble.”

Sadly, no one in the U.S. media will dare to ask the players about that other country, where reporters get thrown in jail when they actually practice journalism. They won’t ask about that other country where freedom protesters actually get beaten up for simply expressing themselves peacefully.

You won’t hear a word about Chinese oppression from LeBron James or the Warriors’ head coach or any of the others so eager to push their politics in your face.

So stop pretending, and let’s call them what they are: the Chinese Basketball Association.  At least the players and league should confirm to whom they are loyal to and who they are afaid of.

SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.

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