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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Attorney General William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver asking that now that they had approved putting social cause statements on jerseys would the NBA allow messages that were supportive of the troops or of law enforcement, or would they allow statements like “Free Hong Kong.”

His point was trying to call out the NBA for the failure to allow free speech, to only allow approved messages while crushing things that were for example critical of China. “No amount of profit can justify collaborating with a regime for which violent suppression and enslavement are routing tools of governance,” Hawley wrote.

One of the reasons he asked was that the NBA debased itself when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. The NBA made him apologize for his tweet and they apologised for Morey’s remarks, calling them “regrettable,” kowtowing to the Communists and their oppressive treatment of Hong Kong protesters. Then we saw as the controversy developed, how deep the influence of China was with the NBA and other institutions within the U.S. and how the influence could be used to silence free speech, even here, not just in Hong Kong. It lit the fire under many to call for a disconnect of that influence, which effort grew even more after China lied and tried to cover-up about the Wuhan coronavirus.

Silver said last month that hoped the NBA would find “mutual respect” with the Chinese government.

Hawley’s letter went to the NBA and was cc’ed to media including to ESPN.

This was how ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski responded to Hawley.

What an intelligent retort. But that just showed exactly the point that Hawley was making. Thought that they don’t like is to be dismissed and disallowed, and folks at ESPN is not only cool with it but seemingly supportive of it.

Wojnarowski later apologized.

But Hawley, concentrating on what is important, said it really isn’t about him, but about the NBA doing what is right, was Wojnarowski going to do his job and ask those questions of the NBA.

Exactly.

The reaction of the left, to come to Wojnarowski’s defense, just shows how true what Hawley was saying is.

List of some of the stupid, hey, guys are you all in to suck up to China?

Stunning how Chris Hayes doesn’t seem to remember care about where that virus came from or the lies from China surrounding it, which only prove Hawley right.

But Hawley seems to be at least getting some positive response.

Not sure if he’ll have any success, but we all should be pushing for the disconnect as much as possible from being obligated to China for anything and holding them accountable for their lies.