A day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement wondering whether everyone couldn’t just get along and enjoy some hoops, eight members of Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz, signed a letter to Silver condemning the the NBA’s response to the controversy over Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors.
Perhaps basketball can bring everyone together. In the letter, linked here, the lawmakers criticize the NBA for failing to put “fundamental democratic rights ahead of profit” and for being ill-equipped to deal with the foreseeable “challenges of doing business in a country run by a repressive single party government.”
The NBA’s behavior here is so disgraceful that AOC and Ted Cruz agree on something. Think about that for a moment. https://t.co/1kLI96QGL1
— T.J. Moe (@TJMoe28) October 10, 2019
Lawmakers including Ted Cruz and AOC calling upon Adam Silver to among other things “Suspend NBA activities in China until government-controlled broadcasters and government-controlled commercial sponsors end their boycott … and the selective treatment of the Houston Rockets.”
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 9, 2019