Trump mocks NBA’s ‘scared little boy’ Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich for pandering to China

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President Trump ripped anti-Trump NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich for cowering to China in the face of its censorship of NBA officials and fans. (YouTube screenshots)

President Donald Trump torpedoed NBA coaches Steve Kerr (of the Golden State Warriors) and Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) for cowering in the face of China’s censorship and bullying of NBA officials and fans.

Both Kerr and Popovich have repeatedly slammed President Trump as authoritarian. Meanwhile, they refuse to condemn China — an actual authoritarian regime.

Why? Because China has threatened to pull NBA sponsorships if anyone in the league supports the Hong Kong activists, who are protesting China’s brutal communist autocracy.

Trump mocked Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, saying he acted like a scared “little boy” when asked if the Chinese were wrong to attack the NBA after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for the protesters in Hong Kong.

“I watched this guy, Steve Kerr, he was so scared,” Trump said. “He was like a little boy, he was so scared. He was shaking. And yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly.”


(Source: C-Span)

President Trump also slammed San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, a virulent Trump-hater who has called Trump a soulless coward.

“I watched the way that Kerr and Popovich and some of the others were pandering to China, and yet to our own country, they don’t respect it,” Trump said.

President Trump was referencing a bizarre interview with Steve Kerr — who normally trashes Trump’s pro-America policies — where he timidly refused to criticize China’s brutal communist regime.

“It’s something I’m reading about, just like everybody is but I’m not going to comment further than that,” Kerr said.

The brouhaha erupted last week when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

The Chinese government was enraged by the innocuous tweet, so Chinese businesses began pulling their NBA sponsorships.

In addition, Chinese broadcasters and streaming platforms threatened to stop airing NBA games.

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The NBA folded like a deck of cards after an enraged China threatened the league over this tweet.

In response, the NBA quickly issued a groveling apology to China, saying the league was “extremely disappointed” by Morey’s “regrettable” statement that  “severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.”

Naturally, Daryl Morey was forced to delete his tweet. Moreover, two of his top players on the Houston Rockets — James Harden and Russell Westbrook — also publicly apologized, saying “We love China!”

This week, an NBA fan was ejected from an exhibition game between the Philadelphia 76ers and China’s Guangzhou Loong Lions. Why? Because he yelled “Free Hong Kong” during the game.

Check out this Trump-hater — Golden States Warriors star Steph Curry — cowering in the face of China’s censorship of the NBA:

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Trump-hating LeBron James is also curiously silent about China’s oppression of his NBA pals.

China pounced on the NBA’s cowardly submission with a blistering smackdown in China Daily:

“Let’s hope the incident with Morey and the Houston Rockets will teach other companies a lesson. The big Chinese market is open to the world, but those who challenge China’s core interests and hurt Chinese people’s feelings cannot make any profit from it.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio warned that “China is using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone.”

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