President Trump said the media and the National Basketball Association were “bribed” by China on Thursday in a phone interview on Fox Business Network “Mornings with Maria.”
Mr. Trump told host Maria Bartiromo: “No one has been more adamant with China or Russia, or anyone else, even though there is a media acquired by China, more so than Russia.
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“Have you ever noticed, they always say, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ they don’t mention ̵6;China, China, China,’ because most of these people, like you look at NBA, they were bought by China. , ”Trump said. “You know, China is a huge pot of gold.”
The NBA and China have a unique and mysterious relationship that has been reported many times in recent memory. Houston Rocket general manager Daryl Morey noticed the relationship last year by sending a tweet in favor of Hong Kong that was deleted, which resulted in China’s state television refusing to broadcast the games. play, although the Rockets are very famous there because of the franchise. is the hometown of Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
The situation is even more bizarre when several prominent NBA players, including LeBron James, who is often upright about social justice issues in the US, refuse to defame China or defend autonomy. by Morey’s speech.
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Criticism of the NBA’s relationship with China was renewed a few months later when it was discovered that customers were banned from ordering custom equipment that read “Hong Kong for free” on the online store. their online.
Last month, ESPN reported that human rights violations were taking place at NBA training academies in China. The report indicates that young people participating in the NBA program have been physically beaten by Chinese coaches and have not been able to attend school properly.
“China is a big problem and I have turned it into a much smaller one,” Trump said before moving to the 2020 presidential election.
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Trump did not specify which media he felt was “acquired by China”. CNN host Wolf Blitzer did a lengthy interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver but ignored the basketball league’s controversial relationship with China.
Just two hours after ESPN ran its report, Silver appeared on the “Situation Room” and was not asked about the boom and received no questions about the league’s relationship with China.
Fox News’s Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.