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Golden State Warriors owner says ‘nobody cares’ about Uyghurs

FILE – Founder/CEO of Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, speaks on stage during “The State of the Valley: Where’s the Juice?” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

(Hill) — Chamath Palihapitiya, a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors NBA, said in a podcast that he co-hosts and airs on Saturday that “nobody cares what’s going on with the Uyghurs. ”

“Nobody cares what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK? You bring it up because you care and I think it’s great that you care. The rest of us don’t care,” Palihapitiya said in the attention-grabbing comment on Monday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“I am just telling you a very harsh and evil truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it’s under my line,” he said.

The NBA has come under constant criticism for its business in China, which the Biden administration has sanctioned for abusing the Muslim Uyghur minority. The sanctions were imposed in December following reports of China’s repression and human rights abuses against the Uighurs.

“I think human rights in the United States are more important to me than human rights anywhere else in the world. And I think we have an amazing track record of taking care of the men and women of color in this country, and so I have no patience and no tolerance for white men. are blaming the bad things that happen outside your own backyard,” said Palihapitiya in one appearance on the “All in” podcast on Saturday.

Palihapitiya said he’s really concerned about climate change and the potential economic divide of China’s invasion of Taiwan, but that the US should focus on its own issues with respect to the Uighur situation. Er.

“Repair your own backyard because you are… you are the only people who hold positions of power in a way that the rest of us are not. And so when you guys clean up the inside then we can go fix the outside,” concluded Palihapitiya.

Warriors find a way to distance themselves from comments in one statement in Monday.

“As a limited investor who does not function daily with the Warriors, Mr Palihapitiya does not speak on behalf of our franchise and his views certainly do not reflect those of our organization. ,” the franchise said.

In a tweetSenator Ted Cruz (R-Texas.) called Palihapitiya for his comment, which he said was “#Shameful.”

“The NBA takes a bold stance: slavery doesn’t matter. concentration camps don’t matter. torture & murder doesn’t matter. “We don’t care,” Cruz wrote in a tweet.

“ALL of the things that matter to them are from CCP more money so NBA millionaires & billionaires can get richer.”

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