Amid the Daryl Morey-China-Hong Kong controversy, Nets owner Joe Tsai made the incredible claim that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens agree on… yes, anything.
Specifically, Tsai said they all “stand united when it comes to China’s territorial integrity and the country’s sovereignty over her homeland.” This framework matched the Chinese government, which armed Hong Kong protesters (who tried to preserve and expand their freedoms). Tsai has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Celtics center Enes Kanter – who called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “dictator” and called LeBron James and Nike for their views on China – grabbed Tsai while Boston played the Nets last night.
Kanter is right in one thing: Opposing the Chinese Communist Party is not anti-Asian. There is plenty of room to criticize the oppressive and authoritarian Chinese regime without being colored by bigotry.
However, caution should be exercised in calling Tsai a puppet. He can form his own conviction without the Chinese government dictating his statements. He can also answer Edges if he chooses.
Kanter simply wants that type of freedom extended to Uighurs, people in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tibet and other people with dissenting views.