NBA and ESPN mom talks about holding games in a place where gay and transgender people can face death

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Nobody wants to talk about the NBA playing preseason games in the UAE, not the NBA, not the Atlanta Hawks, not the Milwaukee Bucks, not ESPN.

ace we broadcast earlier this weekthe league announced it will host a couple of preseason games between the Bucks and the Hawks in Abu Dhabi in October.

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HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi and Ralph Rivera, CEO, NBA Europe and the Middle East attend the announcement of the Abu Dhabi 2022 NBA Games at Dubai World Trade Center on May 10, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates .

HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi and Ralph Rivera, CEO, NBA Europe and the Middle East attend the announcement of the Abu Dhabi 2022 NBA Games at Dubai World Trade Center on May 10, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates .
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The NBA and broadcast partner ESPN have been leading advocates of LBGTQ rights in the United States, but have said nothing about how the LBGTQ community has suffered massive human rights injustices in overseas places where the NBA will soon hold. the games.

In Abu Dhabi, for example, being gay or transgender is punishable by beatings or even death. It is considered a crime. Gay marriage is totally prohibited. Basically, anything but heterosexuality can get you in serious trouble.

The NBA and ESPN need to know this, as they have both been very outspoken about all of these issues here in the US. As we noted, the league withdrew the 2016 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to an approved bathroom bill in North Carolina.

So the NBA will not allow its All-Stars to perform in a city that passes a very basic law regarding gender and bathroom use, but will send its teams to a place where a gay person can be legally killed just because he is gay?

HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi and Ralph Rivera, Director General, NBA Europe and the Middle East attend during the announcement of the Abu Dhabi 2022 NBA Games at Dubai World Trade Center on May 10, 2022 in Dubai , United Arab Emirates Emirates.

HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi and Ralph Rivera, Director General, NBA Europe and the Middle East attend during the announcement of the Abu Dhabi 2022 NBA Games at Dubai World Trade Center on May 10, 2022 in Dubai , United Arab Emirates Emirates.
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This deserves an explanation, but neither the NBA nor the Hawks nor the Bucks nor the ESPN responded to requests for comment. Furthermore, none of the mainstream media wants to touch the subject, as too many have become PR weapons for the league, as opposed to real journalists who are willing to challenge it.

As OutKick founder Clay Travis said, “Most NBA media are terrified of angering the NBA and most sports media only share leftist attacks on the United States and pretend the rest of the world has no flaws “.

ESPN is gaining a reputation for being one such outlet. He recently protested a Florida parental rights bill for alleged attacks on gays and transgenders. Yet he has said nothing, and probably will continue to say nothing, about the NBA playing in a place that can punish homosexuality with death.

“It seems to me that killing gays is worse than not letting K-3 kids learn about sex issues,” Travis tweeted. “But I’m not an expert in smart politics. Surely ESPN won’t completely avoid this on-air story, right? We need a live protest on the air.”

He’s talking ESPN host / reporter Elle Duncanwho and his colleagues held a moment of silence to protest the Florida parental rights bill during the network broadcast of an NCAA women’s tournament game.

At the time, Duncan claimed the bill “targeted our LGBTQIA + communities.” This, of course, was not true, nor is the purpose of the legislation.

HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, DCT Abu Dhabi Director General of Tourism and Ralph Rivera, General Director, NBA Europe and Middle East pose for a photo.
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But even if that were true, “targeting” isn’t as bad as killing someone just for being gay or transgender, and you have to wonder where all those strong and proud voices from the NBA and ESPN are today.

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Here’s what OutKick founder Clay Travis had to do to say:

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