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October 08, 2019

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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Most professional athletes and many of their coaches and managers are not particularly bright, and why would they be? They have spent their lives in athletic endeavors, selected for their athletic prowess, not their brains, and have been shielded from any intellectual pressures by their success and by America's love of sport. So when they spout off about anything other than their sport (and even then they aren't usually well informed) it is safe to ignore them.

But there is one thing they know very, very well...how to maximize their outsized paychecks! And if that means defending a vile communist dictatorship that is responsible for the greatest mass murder in modern history, well, PEDs, Ferraris, garish suits, bottle service at clubs and multiple girlfriends don't come cheap!

And the people who run the leagues are even better at that than the players, who often piss away their multi-million dollar salaries and have to scramble for a paycheck.

NBA scrambles after China angered by Houston Rockets' 'regrettable' pro-democracy tweet

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has tried to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he did not intend to offend any of the team’s Chinese fans or sponsors.

A short time after Morey posted that statement, the NBA said it was “regrettable” that the deleted tweet offended many in China. That followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, lashing out over Morey’s original tweet.

We can quibble about the actual numbers, but 75,000,000 dead as a result of communism in China is a good starting point for the discussion. But because the Chinese love basketball, especially the American variety, The NBA will just sweep that inconvenient little fact under the table and cash those fat checks.

It's amazing that a statement in support of protestors who specifically cite American freedoms and liberty is a point of contention among the leaders of an American corporation.

If you were on the fence about American professional sports and their immorality, this is a good example, and a fine point at which to say, "screw you...I'm done!"


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