The relationship between the President of the United States Donald Trump and some of the high profile NBA personalities, among them superstar players and coaches, has not been the best. Some of them have spoken publicly against Trump on many occasions.
One area where the league gets criticized for is its relationship with China and human rights violations there. The President was asked by Clay Travis on OutKick for his thoughts on the issue.
Clay Travis: When you look at the NBA and you just referenced the NBA all of the political statements that they’re making, it seems like every time you send a tweet an executive, a coach, a player, somebody will come out and immediately fire back at you. But yet the NBA is taking billions of dollars from China. There are all sorts of human rights violations going on in China right now and none of the players, none of the coaches will say a word about that. Does it feel hypocritical that they will rip the United States, they won’t stand for the anthem, they’ll rip you as the President but they won’t say a negative word about China at all?
Donald Trump: Well, I haven’t noticed them sending things back at me but I will say I wouldn’t be that surprised. Some are very nasty very very nasty and, frankly, very dumb. But I haven’t noticed this but I will say this. The way they cater to China, the way they bow to China it’s a disgrace, frankly. And they make a lot more money here that they do from China. But we have a system that allows you to disrespect your system and that’s too bad for them. They don’t appreciate what they have in here.