one of the more fascinating angles of this story is how the same players who refused to just “shut up and dribble” are absolutely MIA on this topic. it just goes to show you that when there is real money on the table, pointing out social injustice sort of takes the backseat. All of the sudden these guys just shut up and dribble.
I don't think this exact situation is fair to the players.
Are they shutting up or are they just not speaking up about something they have no idea about? I would imagine not many really know what's going on over there, and whose side is the "right" side.
Topics that hit close to home though, things they may have seen or experienced first hand, they can speak out about that, but things happening 6-7k miles away, that they're not really informed on, should they be speaking out about that?
Agree with this. Take Harden for an example. I'm sure Harden doesn’t even know anything about Hong Kong or why they are protesting, nor does he probably care. Not saying that in a bad way but it just doesn't affect his life and there are many other things closer to home that probably do.
All he knows is that China is mad at Morey. If you asked him to tell you why, he probably wouldn't be able to tell you. I could be wrong, and he could have studied the Opium Wars, the chip that China carries on its shoulder, the extradition bill that was proposed due to the murder of a Hong Kong national on Taiwanese soil that kicked off the whole protests, and the Umbrella Revolution of 2014 but I doubt it.
Now he's getting criticized for apologizing. He probably should’ve just kept his mouth shut and said nothing since he wasn’t educated on the subject and didn’t even know what he was actually apologizing for. He was probably told to apologize and just did it.