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Marsha Blackburn releases statement of NBA’s failure in China

According to The Wall Street Journal, Marsha Blackburn released a statement Saturday of the National Basketball Association's failure in China.
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Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 3:24 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2020 at 3:25 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -According to The Wall Street Journal, Marsha Blackburn released a statement Saturday of the National Basketball Association’s failure in China.

“The NBA’s posture in Xinjiang sent a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party. For the right price, anything is up for debate, even the value of a human life,” said Blackburn in a statement.

The statement comes after ESPN released a report into the abuse and neglect at the league’s training academies in Xinjiang, China.

Blackburn said the NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer Mark Tatum dodged her inquiry into the NBA’s footprint in China.

“Most American NBA China employees had little to no influence over their China counterparts who were responsible for the abuse and those who did avoided confrontations with Beijing,” said the NBA in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.

According to a report by ESPN, the NBA maintained its academies in Xinjiang through the summer of 2019 as officials handled more reports of abuse of student-athletes.

Blackburn tweeted Thursday saying she will continue to demand answers from the NBA.

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