NBA Stars Told to Drop Deals With Chinese Firms

NBA Stars Told to Drop Deals With Chinese Firms

( – The Chinese government is accused of using millions of Uyghur minorities to provide forced labor for the country. They have allegedly made parts for solar panels, clothing, and other goods. As a result of the human rights violations being committed by China, lawmakers are asking NBA stars to take notice and get involved.

On June 1, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) sent a letter to National Basketball Players Association President Chris Pail and the organization’s executive director Michele Roberts. In the letter, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), said it’s concerning that more than a dozen NBA players have contracts with Chinese firms, including companies that have admitted to using cotton produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The lawmakers said NBA players often speak out about what they believe are injustices. Now, they hope the players do the same with Xinjiang. Forcing people into labor camps is against America’s values, and if the basketballers continue their relationships with firms that use this labor, they’ll be showing support for it to continue.

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