Sen. Rick Scott to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Put Human Rights Above Profits

October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement requesting a meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the league reiterated its support of Communist China and refused to stand for the people of Hong Kong.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I am requesting a meeting with Commissioner Silver immediately to discuss the NBA’s involvement in Communist China. I was the first U.S. Senator to travel to Hong Kong since the protests began. What I saw was devastating. Men and women are risking their lives to fight for the same freedom we take advantage of in this country. As Americans, it is our duty to stand together against injustice, and that means standing up to Communist China and President Xi as he violates the rights guaranteed under the 1997 handover of Hong Kong.


“We must all put human rights above profit. And that means standing with Hong Kong. The NBA’s refusal to denounce Communist China for what it is – our adversary – is shameful. The NBA should stop playing games in Communist China, and I look forward to meeting with Commissioner Silver to discuss the importance of supporting the brave individuals fighting to free themselves from the grip of Communist China.”


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