Insane and spineless, the NBA failed to make it past the first week without bowing to Chinese masters. After one player spoke out against China’s brutal regime, the Chinese communists have decided not to broadcast Boston Celtics games. China is the NBA’s largest market, and Chinese revenue talks loud enough to silence the league’s situational social justice gibberish.
On Wednesday, the Celtics Enes Kanter, a 6’10” center from Turkey now in his 11th NBA season, tweeted a video criticizing Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. He dared to tell China’s dictatorship to free Tibet and accused China of brutality against Muslim groups and depriving Tibet of human rights:
“The Chinese government has sent Uyghurs, along with Kazakhs, Tajiks and other Muslim groups to concentration camps for…anything that does not align with the Chinese Communist Party’s agenda…. The governments and leaders in Muslim-majority countries have remained silent, while my Muslim brothers are being raped, tortured and killed.
“Only the Tibetan people should decide the future of Tibet, 100 percent. Tibet is owned by the Tibetan people. I am hopeful that Tibet will attain independence. Xi Jinping the brutal dictator of China has a message for me and my henchmen. This message will continue to be repeated over and over, loudly, clear and unabated. Let me repeat it loud and clear: I want Tibet to be free. Free Tibet. Free Tibet.”
Faster than you can say, “Daryl Morey,” the man who in 2019 as then Houston Rockets general manager, angered China by standing with Hong Kong in its quest for freedom, China shut down Boston game broadcasts for the season. China spokesman Wang Wenbin (in above photo) says his country will not accept attacks questioning Tibet’s so-called “progress”. Two years ago, Morey’s social media comments prompted China to ban all NBA broadcasts for that season.
LeBron James and other NBA players refused to support Morey in 2019 or stand up for China. James is a billionaire from his Chinese shoe deal, and said that Morey misinformed him about China. The craven NBA called Morey’s remarks “regrettable.”
If Boston trades Kanter away or releases him, their games may return on China’s media platforms.
The Washington, D.C., office of the Dalai Lama issued a statement on Kanter to ESPN, showing more support of him than the NBA has thus far. The NBA’s official website says: “The NBA had no immediate comment and the Celtics were not practicing Thursday. It was also not immediately clear how long Tencent’s plans to not air the Celtics would last. … China’s Communist leaders are extremely sensitive to anything they view as outside interference in domestic political affairs.”
Outkick writer Anthony Farris noted that the NBA likely can’t survive as it currently does without its Chinese revenue stream. Thus the NBA’s Velcro lips on China’s human rights atrocities.