Senator Hawley Writes Letter to NBA Commissioner Regarding China, ESPN Host Explodes

Senator Hawley Writes Letter to NBA Commissioner Regarding China, ESPN Host Explodes

Recently, the NBA approved a policy for the season allowing players to put “social justice” messages on their jerseys during games. According to The Undefeated, the list of phrases include: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.

So, on Friday, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding the new policy, highlighting that the league’s “free expression appears to stop at the edge of your corporate sponsors’ sensibilities.”

Hawley wrote:

“The truth is that your decisions about which messages to allow and which to censor – much like the censorship decisions of the [Chinese Community Party] – are themselves statements about your association’s values. If I am right – if the NBA is more committed to promoting the CCP’s interests than to celebrating its home nation – your fans deserve to know that is your view. If not, prove me wrong. Let your players stand up for the Uighurs and the people of Hong Kong. Let them stand up for American law enforcement if they so choose. Give them the choice to write ‘Back the Blue’ on their jerseys. Or ‘Support Our Troops.’ Maybe ‘God Bless America.’ What could be more American than that?

“With your new policy, you have crossed the line of sanctioning specific political messages. There is no avoiding the work of clarifying the association’s values now. This is a time for you to make clear what your league believes about human rights and about the nation that is your home. Your silence on these questions speaks volumes.”

According to Outkick, Hawley apparently cc’ed the media as well, since ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski emailed him a brief response, which you can see below:


Later that afternoon, Wojnarowski tweeted an apology:

It’s really nice to see the Left called out for its hypocrisy every once in a while, and even nicer to see that they have no way to defend it, other than pounding expletives into a keyboard.

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