Houston Rockets GM Apologizes for Being Right!
Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All…
Have you read Animal Farm yet? You should. If it’s been a while, reread it and think of today. But while saying that, I will throw out a spoiler at the same time. The pigs in the story are socialist elite who get rich off the workers and live shamelessly well. The humans are the free-market West. But by the end of the story, the observer seeing the pigs and humans together, realizes the two are becoming more and more alike until you can barely tell them apart.
Well…OINK, OINK Houston Rockets! What a pant load they are today! From owner to player, they are a pathetic, hypocritical joke.
Let’s start with James Hardin. He had the nerve to apologize for his BOSS because his BOSS had a political opinion born of clear reason being played out before our eyes every day. Heardin APOLOGIZED to China saying, “we love everything there about it…” People are getting arrested and gassed, in some case shot, for standing up for their rights in Hong Kong.
This is the same James Hardin who decided his dumb-ass beard should be as popular and Colin Kaepernik’s ‘fro. I say that because it was Kaepernik who started the misguided protest. People like Hardin were just imitating him to get the camera time. But anyone who spoke against it, at all, was a racist or a hater! If the teams stood by THEIR OWN GUIDELINES and insisted the players protest elsewhere and not in uniform, that was censorship.
Of course neither of the sentiments above are correct but it was the silly meme of the time.
In the meantime, the Rockets’ owner, Leslie Alexander said, “I want them to respect the flag. I’m an American and this country has been so great to me. I couldn’t have done this [own an NBA team] in any country in the world. There is a tremendous prejudice against black people, I know that and it’s awful and with what’s going on with the police is awful. At the same time, not respecting the flag doesn’t do anything to help that.”
The lunatic groupthink on display here is palpable. There is no “tremendous prejudice against black people” in this country. There are Billy Bobs who have no say in our lives who are prejudice. There always will be. There are people in every group, of every imaginable ethnic background who harbor some kind of racial bias. There always will be. But it is not the dominant thinking in this culture. It hasn’t been for generations. The only place prejudice against Black Americans remains “tremendous” is in the minds of race baiters.
But hey, if you think you are a victim you certainly have the right to protest. In professional sports the teams will even endorse your thinking out of market fears (not sincere conviction) and let you protest in uniform.
Now flash forward to this last weekend. On Friday, the General Manager of the Rockets spoke out in support of Hong Kong protestors in a tweet. (That was something dear leader, Mao Tse Trump failed to do when the crackdown on the protestors really turned ugly on 1 October. He’s too busy being played by Xi and the other pigs in Peking, waiting to make the “beautiful, beautiful” deal.)
Suddenly the respect of Rockets’ players and the owner for an individual’s opinion is nowhere to be seen. The tweet is torn down and the GM is brow beaten into saying things he DOES NOT believe to satisfy…right…the pigs in Peking.
I know the modern term is Beijing. I still say Saigon too. So shut up.
The Chinese government is close to completely controlling the lives of the people through electronic means, they still have their own miserable“gulag” and are shamelessly oppressive. They don’t even hide it.
The Pigs of Peking are also nakedly militaristic. They have, without more than an embarrassing whimper from the West, taken islands from their neighbors and took strategic control of the South China Sea.
And this is who the Rockets are afraid of offending? Again, they don’t care about principal. They whored themselves like hundreds of other companies, engaging in the requisite corruption to do business in China. No, the NBA is concerned with merchandising and the entertainment dollar there. There is no “love” or sincerity here. There are no ethics and personal accountability. The NBA doesn’t give a shit about Chinese oppression. In the same way, Hardin didn’t really give a shit about how many people were actually being shot by cops. It’s all about the Benjamins…and cool camera time
You might argue that they are free to do this, and you would be right. They can be whores for the Chinese if they wish. But they and their dopey imitators should spare us the lectures when they would happily offend what is left of a real free market and representative republic back home. It was pure bullshit back in the Kappy days and it is still so today.