After years of taking heat for voicing their opinions on political and social issues, NBA players and coaches have found themselves this week being attacked for the exact opposite. With a cold war brewing between the NBA and China over a tweet made, and subsequently deleted, by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protestors in Hong Kong, the league’s biggest names have mostly responded with a very loud silence. That in and itself has drawn criticism in the US, even while it has seemingly done nothing to appease China itself. Indeed, the Rockets are facing a boycott in China, and sponsorships and broadcasting deals for the whole league are under threat. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has attempted to placate everybody by expressing regret for Morey’s statements while reaffirming his employees’ rights to free speech. Unfortunately, he has been trying to find middle ground unaware that there is none. As a result, voices from both the left and right … [Read more...] about Are NBA stars and coaches hypocrites for not speaking out on China?
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The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in a high-profile case. Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first degree murder in a hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced her to 30 years in prison. Coffee said Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole once she served 30% of her sentence, which would be around nine years. Sherra Wright had been scheduled to face a jury in a September trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of her ex-husband. His body was found riddled with gunshot wounds in a field in suburban Memphis in July 2010. He had been missing for 10 days before his body was found. During the hearing, Sherra Wright answered questions from the judge in a soft voice. She said she has been taking medication for anxiety and depression. Lorenzen Wright’s family … [Read more...] about Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright pleads guilty in killing of former NBA star
He's busy filming for the new series of America's Got Talent, but Simon Cowell squeezed in a lavish celebration to mark his milestone 60th birthday on Monday. The music and TV mogul headed to celeb hotspot Nobu in Malibu for a celebratory dinner with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, son Eric, five, as well as a long line of showbiz pals. Simon partied hard during the long dinner, emerging with a huge smile on his face before he accepted a bottle of wine from photographers for the ride home. Party time! Simon Cowell was joined by his friends and family, including girlfriend Lauren Silverman, for a lavish dinner at Nobu Malibu on Monday to celebrate his 60th birthday, emerging after the dinner with a bottle of wine in hand Simon was joined by his gorgeous girlfriend Lauren Silverman, his son Eric, five, and Lauren's son Adam, who both matched birthday boy Simon in white shirts. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Nick Jonas tells Ellen he's 'so excited about' getting a... … [Read more...] about Simon Cowell turns 60: Star celebrates his milestone birthday with lavish dinner in Malibu as he parties with glam girlfriend Lauren Silverman and showbiz pals… and leaves with a bottle of wine
During a closed-door meeting in China last week, LeBron James pressed NBA commissioner Adam Silver on whether or not he would punish Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for his controversial support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. According to ESPN, James believed that a player would have been punished severely for instigating an international dispute between the league and the world's largest consumer market, as Morey did when he tweeted out his support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong last week. Silver reportedly pushed back, reminding James that the NBA did not punish any players, such as himself, who publicly criticized President Donald Trump. During a closed-door meeting in China last week, LeBron James pressed NBA commissioner Adam Silver on whether or not he would punish Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for his controversial support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly pushed back, … [Read more...] about REVEALED: Lebron James ‘grilled NBA boss Adam Silver during closed-door meeting on possible punishments for Rockets GM over Hong Kong tweet’ – and now the Lakers star is being accused by Ted Cruz of ’embracing Chinese government propaganda’
For Lisa Delpy Neirotti, the surest sign of the National Basketball Association’s booming business in China came during her morning commute. It was two years ago, and Delpy Neirotti, a sports management professor at George Washington University, was guest lecturing at Beijing Sports University. Riding the subway on her way to campus, she noticed other passengers watching NBA contests live on their smartphones. “It wasn’t just one or two people, it was a number of them,” said Delpy Neirotti, who has repeatedly traveled to China since the late 1980s. “8pm on the east coast is 8am there, so the games fall at a really good time. “When you walk through train stations, you see [Golden State Warriors star] Steph Curry everywhere. We’re not talking small signs. It’s large billboards of him holding a phone or something. Of all the sports, basketball is the one that [Chinese people] follow most. And those who follow are very passionate.” For … [Read more...] about How the NBA’s rift with China laid bare the cost of free speech