In a rare show of unity among staunch ideological foes, Ted Cruz, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ben Sasse, and a bipartisan group of five other lawmakers joined forces to send a scathing letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver slamming the league’s “betrayal of American values” for siding with communist China over Hong Kong protesters in a recent controversy surrounding a tweet sent by an NBA team owner expressing support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.
“It is outrageous that the Chinese Communist Party is using its economic power to suppress the speech of American inside the United States. It is also outrageous that the NBA has caved to Chinese government demands for contrition,” the letter reads.
Saying that the league “should have anticipated the challenges of doing business in a country run by a repressive single party government,” the letter blasts the NBA for showy social-justice stances it takes when convenient:
“While it is easy to defend freedom of speech when it costs you nothing, equivocating when profits are at stake is a betrayal of fundamental American values … Hundreds of millions of people within China will read your statements as an admission that their government’s propaganda is correct; millions of people in Hong Kong will be dispirited. That you have more potential fans in China than in Hong Kong is no excuse for bending over backwards to express “sensitivity” only to one side.”
Read the full letter here.