Before Wednesday night’s NBA final game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, the public address announcer made a pitch to the fans in the stands to contact their senators to ask for common-sense gun control following the deadly shooting in Texas this week.
The in-arena announcer, Michael Baiamonte, then stated the following as relayed by OutKick’s Alejandro Avila: “The Heat urges you to contact your state’s senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for commonsense gun laws. You can also make change at the ballot box. Visit heat.com/vote to register and let your voice be heard this fall.”
In response, Rubio fired off a tweet: “The NBA doesn’t like to talk about the billions they make from a China that enslaves Uyghur Muslims and harvests their organs. But they have no problem politicizing a horrific tragedy in America.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 26, 2022
Rubio’s goal was not without merit.
Rubio’s intent was not to downplay the senseless act of violence in Texas, but rather to avoid politicizing it, especially while taking the hypocritical approach of completely ignoring the inhuman treatment, slave labor, and genocide taking place in China — the NBA’s cash cow.
As previously noted by OutKick, NBA owners have $10 billion tied to Chinese investments. Because of this, they choose to remain silent about the genocide taking place daily against Uyghur Muslims. The league has refused to speak out or pull its business from China. Money over lives apparently.
No pre-game silences have been done for the victims of that violence.