It is not news to report the NBA has close ties to China and its ruthless leaders but that relationship is gaining more attention and leading to more scrutiny.
OneNewsNow was among other news outlets who recently reported on troubling drone footage from China that showed Muslim prisoners being escorted from trains in a region known as Xinjiang, which is known for housing thousands of political and religious prisoners in brutal camps.
The headquarters of the NBA, located in New York City, will witness an August 6 protest to condemn the organization for ignoring human rights abuses in China while profiting from lucrative deals.
The NBA operated a facility in Xinjiang until the drone footage surfaced, but it was no secret the region is known for abusive labor camps: News website Slate reported on the NBA’s presence in the region in an August 2018 story. That story reported on the training center that was then located “in the middle of one of the world’s worst humanitarian atrocities.”
Pat Mahoney, whose Christian Defense Coalition is sponsoring the August 6 protest, tells OneNewsNow it is “unconscionable” the NBA has kept quiet about China’s abuses while claiming it supports “social justice” and human rights.
“Churches have been bulldozed in China. Pastors have been imprisoned,” Mahoney points out. “There is no freedom of the press or freedom of speech in China.”
Mahoney points out that China was angered last year when Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets general manager, voiced support for Hong Kong protesters. The league was pressured by China to take action and called Morey's statement "regrettable," and NBA star LeBron James said Morey needs to become "educated" on the situation in Hong Kong.