“The NBA is like the universities. It is an institution that has gone too far and too long without scrutiny,” Hanson told “The Ingraham Angle.”
Hanson said that though the NBA is taking strides to speak out against injustices in the United States, the organization has been silent about China’s misdeeds, like being “culpable for 140,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States due to their laxity” in stopping the outbreak.
“But, what they want us to do is to think that they’re edgy and woke,” Hanson said.
“They’re concerned about social justice, they’re going to put these insignia or messaging on their jerseys, maybe kneel for the national anthem and yet the whole system is predicated on a four to six billion dollar lucrative enterprise in China with a government that has destroyed democracy in Hong Kong, destroyed the indigenous culture of Tibet … and is an international mercantile outlaw and yet they are getting billions of dollars there.”
Hanson’s comments came after Sen. Josh Hawley’s, R-Mo., office sent a news release detailing a letter he planned to send NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, criticizing the league’s decision to limit messages players can wear on their uniforms to “pre-approved, social justice slogans” while “censoring support” for law enforcement and criticism of the Chinese Communist Party.
Hawley wrote in the letter to Silver that the league’s “free expression appears to stop at the edge of your corporate sponsors’ sensibilities.”
Hanson claimed that the NBA is flocking to China to make money because they are “losing market share in the United States.”
“They talk about diversity, diversity, diversity, but, they have 30 coaches and about eight are African-American. We have about two owners that are black and they talk to us about diversity and yet 75 percent of the players are African-American. They’re not diverse either,” Hanson said.
“Yet they lecture their audience that we have got to be diverse, proportional representation, disparate impact. And they’re not diverse and so they lost their audience.”
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