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NBA Sides with Oppressive Chinese Government Over Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters

The National Basketball Association proved once again how anti-American it is by jumping to support the world’s worst, most oppressive, communist government

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The National Basketball Association proved once again how anti-American it is by jumping to support the world’s worst, most oppressive, communist government this weekend, after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

You read that right. The NBA rebuked one of its own for supporting pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong. The NBA, the supposedly woke sports league that claims to fight for the oppressed have sided with the most oppressive government on the planet. The NBA is no longer an American sport.

Over the weekend, Daryl Morey tweeted “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” siding with the pro-democracy forces facing down Chinese security forces that have been flooding into Hong Kong from Mainland China.

But the pro-democracy tweet brought immediate rebuke from officials in the NBA and even from Morey’s own team. Morey soon deleted the tweet and felt forced to apologize.

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“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” Morey insisted.

Regardless, the league quickly pushed out a statement slapping Morey down and cosying up to their friends in China.

We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together

This is the same league that canceled games in North Carolina because the Tar Heel state had a “human rights abusing” transgender bathroom law. But they seem to have no problem with China, one of the most oppressive nations in the world with one of the worst human rights records of any modern nation.

Maybe it’s all because of the money the NBA is making as it tries to expand into foreign markets?

The repercussions of Morey’s tweet and the NBA’s response have been reverberating all across the league.

Immediately, the Rockets began pushing out rumors that Morey could even be fired for daring to support the democracy movement in Hong Kong, though the NBA, at least, said there will be no official action taken against the GM for his tweet.

Even a member of Morey’s own team quickly jumped up to criticize him.

Woke NBA player James Harden loudly berated his GM for the tweet, and while in Tokyo, he groveled before the Chinese.

“We apologize. We love China,” Harden said, with Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. “We love playing there. Both of us, we go there once or twice a year. They show us most support so we appreciate them.”

The Chinese basketball association also jumped into action and officially cut ties with the Houston Rockets.

Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis wondered if some of the NBA’s most “woke” would respond:

Travis also wondered is super woke ESPN, which is broadcasting from China this week, will side with democracy or with oppressors:

But while the NBA seems prepared to side with human rights abusers in China, a bi-partisan group of politicians do not, including pols who usually stand on the opposite side of the issues, such as Ted Cruz and Eric Swalwell.

Senator Ben Sasse (R, Neb) also took a stick to the NBA saying the league’s shameful apology for Morey’s tweet puts the concerns of the oppressive Chinese government and the NBA’s lust for money ahead of democracy for Hong Kong.

“Basketball fans and the American people more broadly should have absolutely no doubt about what is happening here: The NBA wants money, and the Communist Party of China is asking them to deny the most basic of human rights. In response, the NBA issued a statement saying money is the most important thing,” Sasse said in a statement on Monday morning.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Odell Beckham After He Spanked Cop During LSU Locker Room Celebration

An arrest warrant appears to have been issued for Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

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An arrest warrant appears to have been issued for Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after he allegedly swatted a cop’s rear-end in the LSU Tigers locker room last weekend.

Beckham was in the LSU locker room after the college team beat Clemson to take the 2019 championships last Sunday.

But the celebration in the locker room started going all sorts of wrong.

Video taken in the locker room as the LSU Tigers celebrated their big win over Clemson seems to show Odell Beckham swatting a police officer’s rear end.

The incident occurred on Sunday as a police officer confronted several of the players, including quarterback Joe Burrow, who were smoking cigars in the locker room.

The officer was demanding that the players put out their cigars. The officer was reportedly even threatening to arrest the players. But as the officer is seen in the video haranguing the players, it appears that Beckham takes some action of his own.

In a video posted on Tigers lineman Adrian Magee’s Instagram account, Beckham appears to sidle up to give the cop a smack on the rear.

For a while there was no word if the officer intends to press any charges against Beckham, or any of the smoking players, at that.

But now, an arrest warrant for Beckham for simple battery has been issued on Thursday in New Orleans, according to WBRZ.

The possible assault on the officer is not the only problem Beckham faces. He was seen handing out cash to players after the Tigers’ championship win. The school has since claimed that the cash was “fake.”

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Houston Astros Fire Two Managers in Massive Cheating Scandal

The Houston Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after Major League Baseball suspended them.

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On Monday, the Houston Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after Major League Baseball suspended them for a year due to accusations of sign-stealing.

The Astros’ actions came only an hour after the managers were suspended for the far-reaching investigation into a scheme to steal signals from rival teams, an act that some say taints the Astros’ 2017 World Series win.

An MLB investigation maintains that during the 2017 and 2018 seasons the Astros chiefs used a series of cameras and video monitors to scrutinize signs by opposing catchers then relayed those signs to their batters to prepare them for pitches. Along with the suspensions, the league fined the team five million dollars and took away two of its draft picks for both 2020 and 2021.

Astros owner Jim Crane noted that once the league handed down its ruling, he fired Hinch and Luhnow. “We need to move forward with a clean slate. [We] will not have this happen again on my watch,” Crane said. Crane also said he was unaware of the scheme.

The investigation into sign stealing also threatens to engulf Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was bench coach for the Astros in 2017. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s investigation claims that Cora was an active participant in the scheme.

The league continues to allow sign stealing if done visually on the field, but electronic devices are banned from use. But the winning stats in Houston’s Minute Maid Park seems to show how effective the electronic devices were as the team had a 8-1 record at home but only a 3-6 record on the road where they were not able to use their sign-stealing tech.

Still, despite the obvious disparity, the league will not invalidate the team’s 2017 World Series Title.

In his statement, Commissioner Manfred said that the Astros’ scandal “caused fans, players, executives at other MLB Clubs and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated. And while it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game.”

Manfred also added that most of the Astros player “received sign information from the scheme or participated in the scheme by helping to decode signs.” Still, no individual player will be punished.

“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical,” Manfred said. “It is difficult because virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.”

Hinch apologized to the league on Monday for his part in the scheme: “I regret being connected to these events, am disappointed in our club’s actions within this timeline, and I accept the Commissioner’s decision. As a leader and Major League Manager, it is my responsibility to lead players and staff with integrity that represents the game in the best possible way. While the evidence consistently showed I didn’t endorse or participate in the sign stealing practices, I failed to stop them, and I am deeply sorry.”

Luhnow, though, denied having any detailed knowledge of the scheme. But Manfred’s investigation claimed that Luhnow did know, but just did not pay it much attention.

“I am not a cheater. . . . I did not know rules were being broken,” Luhnow said in a statement. He continued saying, the scheme “was executed by lower-level employees working with [Cora]. I am deeply upset that I wasn’t informed of any misconduct because I would have stopped it.”

Along with the one-year suspensions for Hinch and Luhnow, former Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman was also handed a suspension through the end of the 2020 season. Taubman had already been fired after unleashing a rant against female reporters last October.

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Female Iranian Olympian Defects to the West, Rips Iran’s Rank ‘Hypocrisy’

According to reports, Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has defected to the west.

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According to reports, Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has defected to the west.

“Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?” Taekwondo star, Kimia Alizadeh, posted on her Instagram in Farsi, Fox News noted.

Iranian authorities claimed that Alizadeh fled to the Netherlands after her coach told Olympics officials that she was injured and then did not show up for trials for placement in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Alizadeh slammed Iran for mistreating its athletes.

She accused the Iranian government of “lying” and “injustice” toward Iran’s athletes. She added that all she wants is “Taekwondo, security, and a happy and healthy life.”

Alizadeh won the bronze in Taekwondo at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

The top athlete also said that she did everything that her government told her to do, including wearing a sports hijab during her competitions. But, “None of us matter to them,” she said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hailed Alizadeh’s decision.

“#KimiaAlizadeh, Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, has rejected the regime’s oppression of women,” Ortagus Tweeted. “She has defected for a life of security, happiness, and freedom. #Iran will continue to lose more strong women unless it learns to empower and support them.”

Alizadeh still wants to compete during the 2020 Olympics for some other nation.

The martial arts expert, though, said that she would also be a “child of Iran.”

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Colin Kaepernick Makes Millions from Sweatshop Labor as He Calls U.S. ‘Imperialist’ and ‘Terrorists’

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick said U.S. troops are plundering the “non-white world” even as he rakes in millions from sweatshop shoes.

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On Saturday, former NFL player Colin Kaepernick said U.S. troops are plundering the “non-white world” even as he rakes in millions from shoes made in Nike sweatshops employing black and brown people.

On Saturday, Kaepernick jumped to Twitter to attack America after a U.S. air strike eliminated one of Iran’s major terrorist figures, IRGC General Qasem Soleimani.

“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad,” the America-hating former player wrote. “America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non-white world.”

“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” the anti-American said in his second Tweet.

But even as Kaepernick points an accusing finger at the U.S.A. for exploiting “black and brown” people, one could say he is just as guilty since he rakes in millions as a pitch man for sportswear giant Nike. The shoemaker has been accused of exploiting sweatshop labor in the same countries Kaepernick claims the U.S. has exploited.

Nike has had its own issues with accusations of labor exploitation. The shoemaker was plagued with accusations that it used sweatshop labor all through the 1980s and 1990s until in 1998 when Nike founder Phil Knight pledged to purge the company’s supply chain of sweatshop labor.

In the ensuing decade, Nike earned many plaudits for its efforts to end sweatshop labor. But despite the renewed reputation as an honest manufacturer, Nike recently ran afoul of human rights and labor activists once again.

In one case, the company was accused of abusive and unsafe working conditions in a factory in Hansa, Vietnam. The accusations sparked protests in Boston, Washington D.C., Bangalore, and San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

Also, in March of 2017 the International Labor Rights Forum insisted that Nike had “turned its back” on labor agreements effectively preventing independent monitors from reviewing conditions in many of its overseas factories.

Other organizations accused Nike of failing to improve its record of abusive labor practices against women in many of these factories. The groups have criticized Nike because female workers make less than a dollar an hour for a 48-hour week making Nike shoes in factories in Vietnam. By some accounts, Nike’s Vietnamese workforce is up to 85 percent female.

So, a pertinent question or Mr. Kepernick is just who might be the one exploiting “black and brown bodies” for profit?

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House Rep. Seen Watching Golf During Judiciary Hearing on Impeachment

Nothing screams “Washington elitist” quite like an elected official ignoring the most important hearing of his entire life to watch a game played by millionaires.

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Democrats have consistently attempted to convince the nation that their impeachment “inquiry” was being undertaken in the most solemn and sober manner possible.  This is, after all, a dark day for our country.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been the principle cheerleader of this narrative, working hard to tamp down the sort of frantic fever of Freshmen Congresspersons such as Rashida Tlaib, who announced during her inauguration that she was hoping to “impeach the motherf***er”.

Now, as the House finally puts forth their vague and broad articles of impeachment, we can see just how seriously the left is taking this momentous occasion.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) was caught watching golf during an impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director Steve Guest picked up on the footage of Richmond watching the President’s Cup golf tournament on a laptop via CNN.

Don’t believe it?  There’s video evidence.

Nothing screams “Washington elitist” quite like an elected official ignoring the most important hearing of his entire life to watch a game played by millionaires.

Republicans pounced on the proverbial shank caught on tape.

“Democrats on Nadler’s Committee are so ‘solemn’ and ‘prayerful’ about impeachment that they’re watching golf at the hearing,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter. “This partisan sham has been an absolute waste of the American people’s time.”

Once again, our taxpayer dollars aren’t so much hard at work as they are hardly working on Capitol Hill.

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Unsportsmanlike Act Costs College Football Team Win in Heated Rivalry Game

We can only hope that the rest of the NCAA learned a valuable lesson on Thursday night.

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For fans of college football, this is one of the most vibrant weeks of the entire season, as rivalry matchups dominate the schedules of the nation’s top teams.

Auburn and Alabama will face off in the always-exciting Iron Bowl on Saturday.  Georgia and Georgia Tech will be on the same field this weekend as well, but that contest doesn’t appear to be very even, at least on paper, as Tech rebuilds and their longstanding rival from Athens appear bound for another possible shot at the national title.

In Mississippi, the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State went down on Thanksgiving, and the nation was treated to a celebration spectacle that soured the entire affair.

This ugly and uncouth act had a nearly immediate impact on the game.

Luke Logan missed a 35-yard extra point after Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore was penalized for celebrating a touchdown by crawling and pretending to urinate like a dog, and Mississippi State escaped with a 21-20 victory Thursday night in the 116th Egg Bowl.

Ole Miss (4-8, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) pulled within a point with 4 seconds remaining on Matt Corral’s 2-yard pass to Moore, but Logan hooked the extra point after Moore cost the Rebels 15 yards. The extra yards also prevented Mississippi from going for a winning 2-point conversion.

Ole Miss’ coach was none too pleased, either.

“That’s not who we are. We’ve been a disciplined team all year, and so just disappointed that happened,” Rebels coach Matt Luke said. “That’s not who he is. Elijah is a good kid, and he just got caught up in the moment.”

If nothing else, this despicable celebration should set a tone of sportsmanship for the rest of this weekend’s heated matchups.

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Wide Receiver from Kaepernick Workout Stunt Gets Call from Cleveland Browns

Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick has been reduced to hocking casual wear sneakers for the sweatshop kings over at Nike.

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Colin Kaepernick, the former second string NFL quarterback famous for the trend of kneeling during the National Anthem, has had a rough few weeks.

A recent “NFL workout” stunt portrayed as an attempt to find a job in the NFL didn’t go quite according to plan, with Kaepernick receiving zero calls in the days following the event.  The workout itself was lackluster, with observers noting that Kaepernick didn’t appear particularly sharp with his passes.

But, that lack of accuracy allowed one of the wide receivers involved in the workout to get noticed.

Colin Kaepernick’s high-profile workout on Nov. 16 for NFL scouts, coaches and executives has yet to generate any opportunities for the free agent quarterback.

However, Jordan Veasy —one of his wide receivers from the workout — has earned an opportunity to tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

According to Howard Balzer, Veasy was among the six players who the Browns worked out on Monday.

Veasy is no stranger to the NFL, and no slouch.

Veasy played his college football at California but has yet to find a long-term NFL home. He’s had stops on the practice squads of the Titans, Jaguars, Colts and most recently the Bills. He was released in October from Buffalo.

In two seasons with the Golden Bears, Veasy had 63 catches for 797 yards and nine touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick has been reduced to hocking casual sneakers for the sweatshop kings over at Nike.

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