Former President Barack Obama is teaming up with the NBA to promote “social responsibility efforts” in Africa for the NBA’s Africa division.
According to a press release from the NBA, the former president will help with the development of the league to promote liberal agendas like “greater gender equality and economic inclusion.” Obama will be receiving an equity cut from the NBA in Africa.
“The NBA has always been a great ambassador for the United States — using the game to create deeper connections around the world, and in Africa, basketball has the power to promote opportunity, wellness, equality, and empowerment across the continent,” Obama said in a statement. “By investing in communities, promoting gender equality, and cultivating the love of the game of basketball, I believe that NBA Africa can make a difference for so many of Africa’s young people.”
“I’ve been impressed by the league’s commitment to Africa, including the leadership shown by so many African players who want to give back to their own countries and communities,” he added. “That’s why I’m proud to join the team at NBA Africa and look forward to a partnership that benefits the youth of so many countries.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also noted: “We are honored that President Obama has become a strategic partner in NBA Africa and will support our wide-ranging efforts to grow the game of basketball on the continent. In addition to his well-documented love for basketball, President Obama has a firm belief in Africa’s potential and the enormous growth opportunities that exist through sports. NBA Africa will benefit tremendously from his engagement.”
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The NBA’s efforts to spread “social responsibility” causes in Africa comes after the league balked at a number of opportunities to push back against the Chines Communist Party’s efforts to censor its own people as well as numerous companies that do business in the country in the past, Silver has downplayed China’s numerous human rights abuses, such as rampant oppression of Uyghurs in China’s Xinxiang province.
Silver said that China has “a different view … how things should be done” when asked about the NBA’s relationship with the Communist regime during an interview with Time Magazine last year. The NBA’s relationship with China was thrown into the spotlight in 2019 after then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, sparking a backlash against the league from China.
In an effort to repair its relationship with China, the league put out a statement expressing regret that Morey’s statement “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China.” Facing accusations of capitulating to the Communist regime, Silver claimed that the NBA never apologized for Morey’s pro-democracy stance, but backed off any hard criticism of China’s human rights abuses.
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