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NBA Backs BEIJING? Pro-Hong Kong Signs Confiscated from Fans… in Washington, DC

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.10.19

Protesters had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated during an exhibition basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Guangzhou Loong Lions Wednesday; raising new concerns regarding the NBA and their association with the Chinese communist regime.

“Just had our ‘Free Hong Kong’ sign confiscated at Capitol One Arena at the Wizards game against the Guangzhou Loong Lions,” posted one demonstrator on social media.


The news comes hours after ESPN circulated an internal memo warning all reporters to avoid discussing the ongoing protests sweeping Hong Kong.

“Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves,” reports Deadspin.

The controversy began when the General Manager of the Houston Rockets posted -then deleted- a pro-democracy tweet in support of Hong Kong demonstrators.

The Chinese government immediately canceled a series of NBA broadcasts; calling the comments a threat to their “sovereignty.”

“Any summary of the tensions between China and Hong Kong is going to be necessarily reductive, but a summary of what’s actually going on at least provides basic context for the rest of the discussion. The idea that Chinese politics are simply too complex to talk about on sports TV just isn’t convincing,” adds Deadspin.

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NBA NEXT? National Basketball Association LAUNCHES 'Social Justice' Program

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.16.18

The NBA may soon be following in the NFL’s shoes in regard to player protests and political demonstrations, launching a social justice platform where players, owners, and officials could discuss “equality issues” facing local communities and cities.

The National Basketball Association’s President of Social Responsibility and Player Programs Kathy Behrens announced the new program, called NBA Voices, while speaking with USA Today on Monday; adding the platform would promote “inclusion, diversity, and equality.”

“One of the things that we’ve been talking a lot to our players about and some of our partners was, ‘How can we do a better job of sharing these stories, sharing the work that players and our partners are doing?’ We thought it needed something to stand on its own,” said Behrens.

“It’s a new platform, but it’s not really a new initiative in the sense that it really is going to aggregate work that we’ve been doing, stories that we’ve been working on with our community partners. We’re excited to have something that can house all this great work and share the stories of what our players and partners are doing,” she added.

According to Behrens, the NBA has already launched over 200 programs in 26 cities to help promote the community-based initiatives; reaching more than 40,000 individuals and mentors.

“We’re going to continue our community conversations, we’re going to continue our Building Bridges Through Basketball program, and we’re going to continue to support our players using this platform and other platforms to speak out in issues that they care about — the focus on equality and social justice,” Behrens added.

ESPN Backs Beijing? Memo Shows Network ‘Forbids’ Talk of Chinese Politics Following NBA Fallout

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.09.19

A recently released internal memo from ESPN is raising eyebrows among sports fans across the country; revealing the network “forbids” discussion of Chinese politics after Beijing’s latest bout with a General Manager from the NBA.

“Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves,” reports Deadspin.

The controversy began when the General Manager of the Houston Rockets posted -then deleted- a pro-democracy tweet in support of Hong Kong demonstrators.

The Chinese government immediately canceled a series of NBA broadcasts; calling the comments a threat to their “sovereignty.”

“Any summary of the tensions between China and Hong Kong is going to be necessarily reductive, but a summary of what’s actually going on at least provides basic context for the rest of the discussion. The idea that Chinese politics are simply too complex to talk about on sports TV just isn’t convincing,” adds Deadspin.

Read the full story here.

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