NBA silent on China's ruling that homosexuality is a “psychological disorder"

by Joel Abbott · Mar 8th, 2021 4:39 pm

Last Updated Mar 9th, 2021 at 2:22 pm

The NBA has issued no statement on a Chinese court's ruling this month that homosexuality can be classified a "psychological disorder," despite a professed commitment to human rights, social justice, and the LGBT platform in the United States.

The league canceled its All-Star Game in North Carolina in 2017 after the state passed a law banning transgender individuals from using the restroom that did not correspond to their biological sex.

"What we have stated is our values are league-wide values in terms of equality and inclusion: that is paramount to this league and all of the members of the NBA family," said NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the time.

The league has previously been accused of being silent on China's reported abuse of Muslim minorities in the nation, in addition to human rights abuse allegations in its very own sports camps in China. On top of hosting camps, the NBA also frequently plays exhibition games in China, as well as broadcasts its season in the country.

In January, Silver defended the league's relationship with and posture to China.

"And through the relationships that we have in China — directly with the hundreds of millions of people in China that follow NBA basketball — we are an exporter of American values," he said.


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