The NBA…otherwise known as the No Balls Association for kowtowing to the woke mob, has apparently done an about face and now will allow the purchase of custom jerseys with the slogan “Free Hong Kong” on them, according to Breitbart News. Apparently, customers were attempting to buy custom NBA jerseys with the words “Free Hong Kong” printed on it, however the request initially was forbidden.
The reversal comes after some people tried to purchase some of the new version of “woke” NBA jerseys, which allow customized social justice warrior messages, just like real NBA players get to wear. Apparently “fans” were allowed to customize jerseys with whatever social justice saying they wanted to…just not “Free Hong Kong.”
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 13, 2020
“The NBA bans you the fan from putting #freehongkong on customized league jerseys even as they allow players to wear customized jerseys,” Clay Travis tweeted on Monday.
In a tweet, Travis included a short video where he was trying to customize a jersey with “Free Hong Kong” in the customization field on the website, however when he tried to do so, the site would not permit it.
“We are unable to customize this item with the text you have entered,” the website said after the phrase was attempted to be entered. “Please try a different entry.”
Apparently, several others tried entering any number of phrases with “free” in them, and all were allowed except for “Hong Kong.”
I just tried it and it basically lets you do "Free Anything" except for "Free Hong Kong." https://t.co/5zv65ENS1L
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) July 13, 2020
What was allowed? Oh, “Kill Cops,” “Burn Jews,” however not “Free Hong Kong.” Isn’t that weird!
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) July 14, 2020
The Washington Free Beacon also noted the following phrases which can be referred to as “hate speech” were allowed.
- F—K HONG KONG
- DEFUND POLICE
- ABOLISH COPS
- BEWARE OF JEWS
- SNEAKY JEWS
- BAN GYPSIES
- XI FOR LIFE
- CANCEL ISRAEL
- NINE 11 HOAX
- END TAIWAN
- ENSLAVE TIBET
- TRUMP HAS AIDS
- PENCE IS GAY
- UYGHURS LIE
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So, let’s examine this. Cop hating is fine. Anti-Semitism is fine. Apparently gay bashing is apparently ok. Making fun of someone with AIDS? No problem. When the woke mob gets ahold of this, it is gonna get ugly for the NBA.
Look, clearly the NBA doesn’t want to hurt it’s lucrative business relationship with communist China. While NBA players such as Lebron James and others slam police officers in the United States for so-called “oppression against minorities,” the hypocrites turn the other cheek when it comes to pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong, which by the way became illegal with the implementation of a new law that criminalizes them.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 14, 2020
Face it. Lebron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the overpaid band of clowns that get paid millions of dollars to bounce a ball are nothing if not hypocrites. They complain about systemic racism in the United States while stuffing their pockets with money from Chinese Communists, who have been responsible for the deaths of millions over the years.
On Tuesday, the NBA did an about face, after a social media frenzy criticizing the league for banning the words.
The Daily Caller reported that Fanatics, the operator of the NBA shop provided a statement to the outlet provided a statement that read:
“The phrase was inadvertently prohibited on all our league online store sites and has not been fixed. Fans who wish to customize it, so long as the text meets the 12-character limit, are able to do so.”
Last week, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MI) criticized NBA commissioner Adam Silver over the league’s cozy arrangement with communist China. In a letter to Silver, Hawley said that since the NBA was going to allow players to wear social justice warrior messages on the backs of their jerseys when the league returns, the option of placing positive messages about Hong Kong, the military and law enforcement should also be allowed.
If @NBA is going to put social cause statements on uniforms, why not “Support our Troops” or “Back the Blue”? Or given how much $$ @nba makes in #China, how about “Free Hong Kong”! Today I wrote to Adam Silver to ask for answers pic.twitter.com/PthYR4OxmE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 10, 2020
To which ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski [never heard of him] responded with “Fuck you.” To a sitting United States Senator. Hawley shared a screenshot of the tweet, to which Wojnarowski apologized saying he would reach out directly to Hawley.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 10, 2020
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake. I’m sorry for the way I handled myself and I am reaching out immediately to Senator Hawley to apologize directly. I also need to apologize to my ESPN colleagues because I know my actions were unacceptable and should not reflect on any of them.”
He still has his job.
As to the jersey controversy, the NBA as a league has not issued a comment on the controversy.
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