Two of the people not cited in ESPN’s Nearly Perfect Work about Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai’s problematic relationship with China – including a business under his corporate umbrella developing facial recognition software that may or may not be equipped with ” Uyghur alert” to alert police about someone the Chinese government has placed in border camps – Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
I call the article by Marc Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, published Thursday, almost perfect because how can you read it and not think about what two of Brooklyn’s biggest stars are going to have to say about it. Neither of them dodge a question or speak their mind, and both have a confirmation agreement from Nike, which has a shady trading history in the country that accounts for 19% of its revenue.
Irving even consider boycotting the Nets exhibition game in China in 2019 about Hong Kong’s hot political climate and free speech issues. His employer was quoted in the ESPN story as saying: “In the American context, we talk about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, but in the Chinese context, some rights may be restricted. That freedom is an important factor in keeping stability. . ”
The entire article describes Tsai, who is #2 at China’s “Amazon on steroids”, as the mouthpiece of the Chinese government. The most cursed companies under Alibaba that I refer to above are Megvii and Sensetime, and both have been blacklisted in the US for their business practices, making it illegal for Americans to invest in them, but its parent company has not quit either. profit extraction. (Alibaba has made sure not to hold board seats for businesses if that’s any consolation.) The NBA has a deal to sell licensed clothing on Alibaba because of course they have.
Whenever a piece is written about the NBA’s biggest international business partner, there’s a lot of controversy at the league office, and surprisingly, Adam Silver, Daryl Morey, and Tsai all refuse to comment. discuss the story. (Durant and Irving are not even mentioned in the story, which, in all fairness, is not about them.
If you’re wondering why Morey’s name is mentioned, it’s because he’s the author of the professional tweet in Hong Kong that nearly got him fired. Tsai is accused of promoting Morey’s ouster as an offer of peace to China behind the scenes of the NBA. He denied it, but he also contributed to the false narrative that the protesters were violent and essentially trying to revolt on January 6 of their own, even posting an open letter to NBA fans on Facebook saying that Morey supports a secessionist movement, so we know where he stands.
I wanted to know where Durant stood above his boss just because he was honest and caring, but I really wanted to hear from Irving, who represented “Four things, people: inner peace, freedom, equality and world peace” – justifies why he’s been sidelined for months to get vaccinated but doesn’t say anything bad about the Nets being the NBA team with the most obvious connection to China.
He uses a walking stick, dresses like an old man and burns sage before the games. He’s the player most likely to quit basketball with Ricky Williams, “I’m so upset with this”. If there’s ever been a time to dedicate one of your core principals, it’s right after a scathing article reveals your employer and right before another recruiter begins the knockout round. .
The devil on his shoulder told him to stand with the anti vaxx crowd, and the angel on the other side was taking dirty money from the Tsai and Nike shoe deals. It’s easy to poke holes in Irving’s stance, and the explanation he offers sympathizes, but doesn’t stand, with the protesters who turned up at BarclayCenter in 2019 to protest Nets owners made it even easier.
“I understand that Hong Kong and China are solving their problems,” Irving said.per ESPN). “But there’s enough oppression and stuff going on in America that I don’t get involved in community issues here.”
He had a closed-door meeting with Bo about China after the protests broke out but did not elaborate on what was said, telling reporters he “left it in that room”.
I don’t have enough indignation to throw at every injustice. If you wake up every day and worry about all the pain and suffering endured on this planet you need to get off twitter, also, how are you active? Are you commuting crazily all day? And who do you hate more: People who do bad things, or people who don’t seem to care about them? The life of an athlete is really hard, that’s why it’s literally a profession. (And also why Enes Freedom should be considered long term if the way he went about his career change was even helpful.)
The thing about Irving is that he imagines himself as a “Voice for the voiceless.” The type of person moved enough by problems to sit out most of a season on a mission. Perhaps he was shaken by all the good Tsai does in the community, which I should mention because the Nets owner has contributed millions of dollars to fight racism against Blacks and Asians in America.
That philanthropy might be enough for Irving to believe that his boss is actually acting in the best interests of the Chinese people – which, if you listen to Tsai spin, 80 to 90% of them.” very, very happy about the fact that their lives are improving every year. Houston Texans owner Cal McNair recently attempted to use charitable donations to HBCUs to improve the image of his team, and Logical people don’t fall for that.
For Tsai, compared with the remaining 10 to 20 percent, Uighur Muslims are currently experiencing a “cultural genocide” and those in Hong Kong who want the democracy they have been promised, as well. it’s as easy as Irving to look the other way when wages and alliances “Don’t talk about China”.