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According to Zachary Faria of Washington Examiner, the NBA’s hypocrisy has been clear for some time:

“ESPN reported that the NBA’s basketball academies in China were wrought with abuse, with Chinese coaches physically abusing the young players. Commissioner Adam Silver said schooling would be central to the program, but in two of the three camps, none was provided. American coaches were surveilled and harassed. … The report details that league officials knew of what was going on in these academies. …

The league has fully embraced Black Lives Matter, putting the slogan on its courts and allowing players to wear BLM slogans on the back of their jerseys. The NBA pulled the All-Star Game out of Charlotte in 2017 over North Carolina’s transgender bathroom bill but didn’t shutter its Xinjiang camp until last year.

It’s not hard to see why the NBA let the abuse go on until the scrutiny over its China ties became too severe. According to ESPN, NBA China is a $5 billion enterprise. The NBA even asked current and former employees not to speak to ESPN about this story.”