NBA Shuts Down Reporter for Asking a Question About China

The NBA shut down a reporter who tried to ask Houston Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook about China.

Sitting among the press corps at Thursday morning’s presser, CNN’s Christina MacFarlane asked if the pair would feel differently about speaking out about politics after the league’s decision to shut down discussions about Chinese political and societal affairs.

“The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and coaches to be able to speak out openly about political and societal affairs,” MacFarlane said, “I just wonder after the events of this week and the fall out we’ve seen whether you would both feel differently about speaking out in that way in the future.”

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But before the players were able to say a word, an NBA spokesperson offstage interjected and told MacFarlane that the players would only be answering “basketball questions.”

Of course, the NBA’s sudden squeamishness about letting its players and coaches speak on Chinese human rights abuses comes on the heels of the league’s crack down on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey who was forced to apologize for a tweet where he was seen supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

After Morey’s tweet, the NBA fell all over itself to apologize and grovel before the communist Chinese government.

It just goes to show that Big Sports in the U.S.A. have long since stopped being American institutions.

The NBA should be boycotted into oblivion.

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