Nike cites ‘Colin Kaepernick effect.’
Oh. Wait. Nevermind.
Citing the windfall that the sports apparel giant reaped when the signed Colin Kaepernick, Nike announced a similar deal with the NBA’s Houston Rockets General Manager. But given the backlash Nike was walking the deal back, even though the poster emblazoned with “Because sometimes you have to rise above principle” had already been printed.
Kaepernick was permanently sacked after he knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. No NFL team wanted him, mostly because he was a sucky quarterback. Nike seized the unemployed hero, offering him a $10 Million deal, something Mr. K. called, “Way better than having to work for a living. Heck, I can go back to sleeping until like 2 in the afternoon. Because America is just oppressive like that.”
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried to defuse the growing fallout over his deleted tweet wherein with great temerity he said “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” offending the delicate sensibilities of Communist China. No known connection but it turns out, there’s more than a few billion dollars of NBA income on the line.
The NBA, which is rolling out it’s new slogan, “Playing Basket without Balls“, caved to the ChiComs faster than Pope Francis could allow the regime to appoint Chinese bishops, saying it was “regrettable” that the tweet offended China. That followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, to hit the NBA in the pocket book:
- Tencent, a major media partner of the NBA in China with a streaming deal that is worth $1.5 billion over the next five years and Chinese state television both said they would not be showing Rockets games.
- Chinese athletic apparel maker Li-Ning released a statement saying it was upset with Morey’s tweet.
- The Chinese Basketball Association, whose president is former Rockets center Yao Ming, said it was suspending its relationship with the team.
- Rockets player James Harden, who frequently travels even when he’s not on the court, criticized Morey’s tweet because the Chinese “show us the most important love.”
Not to be outdone Houston Rockets Plantation owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted that Morey does not speak for the Rockets, “Sure China has concentration camps with widespread rape, forced abortions, and forced sterilization. And the government is using deadly force against unarmed Chinese citizens who only want freedom. But that’s nothing compared to the tyranny that Colin Kaepernick faced.”
For his part, Morey fell short of the required self-immolation necessary to appease Communists in Beijing and in the US Media. Morey tweeted early Monday, “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to be politically corrected.”
In an ironic twist of fate, the whole kerfuffle arose because the offending phrase “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” is identical in Chinese to “never trust anyone you can blindfold with dental floss.”