The N.B.A. should stick by the Democratic forces in Hong Kong.

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The National Basketball Association (playing the role of Judas), in their zeal to reap massive cash infusions (30 pieces of silver) from the Peoples Republic of China, decided to pull a Trumpian overture to the Authoritarian-Communist nation by apologizing for Houston Rocket’s General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting the Democratic protestors in Hong Kong.

Fortunately, the American Political Class universally condemned the N.B.A.’s actions of catering to a nation with a history of censorship and human repression for financial gain.

The N.B.A. should issue a statement supporting the Democratic protestors in Hong Kong.

They are a sports organization created and based in the United States and they should be obligated to convey the American values of freedom, democracy, and treating everyone with decency.

Making money should not matter more to an American Company created in the freedom of free enterprise in an open society than promoting decency and universal human values.

If the N.B.A. does not remedy the situation, fans should let their executives know that support for their position will be met with protests that may hurt their domestic bottom line.

That is a language that they have demonstrated they understand.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Now we have LeBron confusing “freedom” with the word “profit”. I guess he was just “misinformed”. That’s the consequence of not going to college.

  2. The real tragedy is that the Chinese government regime is so afraid of free expression anywhere in the world that challenges their view (East Philippine Sea “sovereignty” nonsense, Tibet, Taiwan, Uighars) they grossly overreact. But if the Chinese government illegally builds up islands in the East Philippine Sea, over 600 miles from the Chinese mainland, somehow you cant mention that either. “Stability and National Sovereignty” are misued by the Chinese government the same way “religious freedom” has been misused here.

  3. The general issue with authoritarian regimes is they hate the truth being told about their anti-democratic or anti-human rights practices. It doesnt matter if it China, Russia, Trump’s America, Turkey or the Philippines, when these guys get caught and called on, they bluster and whine and scream nationalistic slogans to divert the world’s view somewhere else. The NBA has the right inclination on social issues, but if they kowtow to the almighty dollar they lose any cache on human rights.

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