NBA Player Rudy Gobert Criticizes China
On Thursday, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert did something that most of us would not expect from an NBA player—he criticized China.
Gobert shared an Instagram post from French actor Omar Sy about Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps in China, and Gobert added “wrong is wrong.”
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Please repost & share 🙏🏿 Des millions de musulmans Ouïghours sont enfermés et torturés dans des camps de concentration en Chine. Non pour ce qu’ils font, mais pour ce qu’ils sont. C’est le plus grand internement de masse du XXIe siècle. Il faut y mettre fin. #FreeUyghurs *** Millions of Uyghur Muslims are detained and tortured in concentration camps in China. Not for what they do, but for who they are. It is the largest mass incarceration of the 21st century. It has to end. #FreeUyghurs
If anyone is wonder what happened, Rudy Gobert posted this on his IG story. pic.twitter.com/OsO9xdXr1q
— Toasted (@Toasted_6) October 1, 2020
According to the Daily Caller, Gobert is the first NBA player to publicly condemn the internment camps.
The Daily Caller continues:
Since 2017, over one million Uighurs have been detained in 85 identified camps, according to PBS News Hour. The Chinese government has acknowledged the camps exist and refer to them as “re-education centers,” the outlet reported. Members of the Muslim community claimed they were beaten while at the internment camp.
The NBA claimed recently it had shut down a training facility in the area of Xinjiang, as previously reported.
“The NBA has had no involvement with the Xinjiang basketball academy for more than a year, and the relationship has been terminated,” Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said at the time.
It’s no secret that the NBA is in the pockets of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as we have reported on in the past.
We also saw this on display when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey expressed support for Hong Kong protestors last year, and the backlash he received from it from both the NBA and the CCP.
Hopefully Gobert doesn’t see the same fate for speaking the truth.