Capitol Report: Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz and other lawmakers urge NBA to suspend activity in China
Eight members of Congress including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz are calling on the NBA to pause activities in China, as a standoff between the league and Beijing continued.
The letter, sent to Commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday, comes amid a furor involving a tweet by the Houston Rockets’ general manager in support of Hong Kong antigovernment protests. Silver has defended Daryl Morey’s now-deleted tweet, which drew heavy criticism from Beijing.
The lawmakers in their letter characterize statements by the NBA and Houston Rockets as “apologizing,” and said the league should suspend its activities in China until “government-controlled broadcasters and government-controlled commercial sponsors” end their boycott of NBA games. It also lists other steps sought by the lawmakers including that the league “re-evaluate” its training camp in Xinjiang, where minority groups have been abused.
State broadcaster China Central Television had said it would not show preseason NBA games.
In addition to Texan Cruz and New Yorker Ocasio-Cortez, the letter was signed by Rep. Tom Malinowski, a New Jersey Democrat; Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican; Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican; Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican; Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican; and Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.
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