Former NBA player, and sportscast analysts Charles Barkley says Vice President Mike Pence should shut the hell up
for support of President Donald Trump. Barkley’s comments came after Pence said that NBA players’ refusal to criticize the communist government of China over its silencing of freedom of speech displayed an act like being owned by China.
“Some of the NBA’s biggest players and owners, who routinely exercise their freedom to criticize this country, lose their voices when it comes to the freedom and rights of other peoples,” Pence said. “In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime.”
Sitting just seats away from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the TNT, Barley in response to Pence’s comments had this to say:
“Vice President Pence needs to shut the hell up, number one,” Barkley said as NBA commissioner Adam Silver sat on set. “All American companies are doing business in China. I thought the criticism of commissioner Silver and LeBron James was unfair. Daryl Morey — who I like — he can say whatever he wants to. But there are consequences.
“I don’t understand why these holier-than-thou politicians — if they’re so worried about China, why don’t they stop all transactions with China? President Trump has been talking about and arguing with tariffs for China for the last two years. I think it’s unfair for them to do all their business in China and just because this thing happens try to make the NBA and our players look bad. All American companies do business in China. Period.”
Barkley also addressed the backlash Lebron James’ received for not speaking out against China silencing free speech, and him not selecting to stand with the people of Hong Kong. Lebron choose instead to stay silent on criticizing China’s way of silencing freedom of speech to what many believe is to protect his interest in the country. Barkley defending Lebron’s non action on China had this to say:
“I thought everybody was really unfair to LeBron,” Barkley said. “Everybody does business in China. Every American company does business in China. Why should LeBron not be able to protect his financial interests — and the NBA and Nike?”
Guess Barkley will not be doing any business any time soon in China. Freedom of speech is also the right not to speak. So says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. True ?