Tucker plays recordings of ‘sleazeball’ NBA officials admitting they’re bowing to Chinese influence

Most of us already came to the conclusion long ago that the NBA is, for all intents and purposes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Party.

We’ve never really had an admission of this fact from the NBA commissioner and other top executives, of course, but now Tucker Carlson has obtained audio recordings in which these officials all but concede that the Chinese are calling the shots. No surprise there: for one thing, the NBA is estimated to derive around $5 billion in revenue from China, but far worse is the $10 billion in shadowy and sometimes illegal investments by NBA owners and players that’s tied up in China.

So it goes without saying that China exerts a tremendous amount of sway over the NBA. And that means that anyone who’s fallen afoul of the Chinese government—as in the case of Turkish basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom, a prominent critic of China’s genocidal policies against its ethnic minority Uyghur population—can expect no support from the NBA’s top brass, the same people who bowed and scraped before BLM when it suited their business interests.

“Normally the NBA encourages political messages,” Carlson said in the opener to his segment, “they even wrote ‘BLM’ on the court. But criticizing China is absolutely unacceptable to the sleazeballs who run the NBA. This show has obtained exclusive recordings proving what’s going on.”

Carlson then played a recording of Ron Klempner, the general counsel of the National Basketball Players Association, explaining to Enes Kanter that the NBA was deeply troubled about what Kanter was saying “on the court”—in other words, his criticisms of China. Keep in mind that these are the same people who had no problem with the provocative and inflammatory BLM propaganda that was repeated by players on the court.

Next up was a recording from Mark Lasry, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, who plainly admitted what everyone already knows: China won’t do business with the NBA if it permits players to criticize it.

“China’s taken a very aggressive stance,” Lasry says in the clip, “which is ‘hey if you want to b**** about us you’re out.’ Right? Which is…I get it. There’s nothing…it’s business. So their view is, ‘look, you want to be in our country, you wanna do things, if you’re going to complain about us, you’re not allowed.’ So what happens for the NBA is the NBA’s in a box.”

“‘It’s business, it’s business,'” Carlson mocked, “‘yeah I’ll sell out our country—to our main global enemy, that seeks to displace us and control us. It’s just business!'”

Finally, Carlson concluded by playing a clip from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who complained that the “Free Tibet” shoes that Kanter Freedom has worn on the court don’t technically break the rules, but they do upset China.

“There’s no rule I’m aware of,” Silver says in the clip, “that you’re violating now…look, at the end of the day, we’re also a business.”

We’ve all grown used to the hypocrisy of woke corporations, but the sheer amount of money made by the NBA off their Chinese enterprises, while lecturing the rest of the country about its moral failings, is pretty galling.

Freedom himself summed it up when he spoke to Carlson later in the segment.

“This is the evidence of how a 100% American-made company is run by the Chinese dictatorship. And wake up America—this is the League that you have been supporting and watching. Enough is enough, and this is unacceptable!”


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