For a U.S. Senator from Florida, hoop dreams have turned to NBA nightmares.
On Friday evening, Senator Rick Scott slammed the National Basketball Association for televising game five of the finals in China.
The game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers may be the last game of the year, with the Lakers poised to close out the series if victorious.
However, that’s one game too many, says the first-term Naples Republican.
“Tonight’s game demonstrates the NBA’s refusal to stand for human rights and instead choose to please the Communist Party of China for profits. This is shameful,” Scott remonstrated on his official Twitter account.
The Senator linked to an ESPN article lauding the state-controlled CCTV broadcast of the game as a breakthrough in international relations, complete with a quote from the broadcast outlet.
“During the recent Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, the NBA sent their well wishes to fans in China,” CCTV said in a statement. “We also took note of the league has been continuously delivering goodwill [to China], particularly making positive contributions to Chinese people’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.”
Scott has been involved in a somewhat one-sided rhetorical battle