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A GOP senator has revived a storyline that dominated the NBA at a time that feels years in the past, but actually emerged only eight months ago.

U.S. senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday that asked multiple questions about his league’s relationship with China, according to Sports Illustrated.

In the letter, Blackburn praises the NBA’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, then goes onto mentioning “concern” about the NBA’s interests in China:

Your league’s business interests are closely intertwined with Communist China’s estimated $4 billion NBA market. While the NBA has worked hard to raise awareness of social issues at home, there is concern that the league has turned a blind eye to human rights abuses committed abroad—even bowing down to pressure last year. The actions of the NBA and some players have created an appearance that your league prioritizes profit over principle. This accusation may be inaccurate; however, I urge you to give it careful thought.

Blackburn’s letter went on to rehash some of the more contentious points of the controversy created by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of a free Hong Kong. That included Brooklyn Nets owner Joseph Tsai’s letter labeling Hong Kong protesters as a “separatist movement,” LeBron James calling Morey “misinformed” and “not really educated” and the relative silence of Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr on the matter.

The letter ends with Blackburn presenting three questions for Silver to answer, with a July 21 deadline:

1. What are the anticipated financial consequences of China Central Television’s (CCTV) continued ban on the airing of NBA games?

2. Please outline the scope of the NBA’s relationship with Chinese state-owned enterprise Alibaba.

3. The NBA reportedly continues to operate a training center Xinjiang, one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones. What steps is the NBA taking to shutter this location?

The second question is obviously loaded given that Tsai is a co-founder of Alibaba. The third question is something the NBA has never adequately addressed, though we might have received an answer when a sign reading “Google Uyghurs” sign was confiscated at a Washington Wizards preseason game.

That sign referred to the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group that is experiencing mass imprisonment by the Chinese government and even reports of forced organ harvesting. Roughly a million members of the group are reportedly held in camps in the Xinjiang region, where the NBA also holds a training center.

Blackburn has frequently criticized China since taking office in 2019. Even the current pinned tweet on her official Twitter account is a montage of her demanding China pay for various atrocities, including “sending” the novel coronavirus to the United States.

Obviously, Silver is already dealing with plenty as his league attempts to return to play despite surging coronavirus numbers and discourse about racial inequality. And yet, it shouldn’t be surprising that some are trying to bring China back into the discussion around the league.

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Letter: 2020 Beacon Grads

What a school year this has been! As parents, we anticipate certain rites of passage for our children, one of which is their high school senior year. We envision them dressing for prom, loading buses for senior trips and approaching a stage to receive recognition for academic and athletic achievements. The big finale is their graduation day (Congratulations to the Class of 2020, June 26).

This year things were different, but our seniors were celebrated in new and creative ways. With much fanfare, Beacon High School teachers and administrators visited each senior’s home to deliver a cap and gown. The Athletic Department orchestrated a tribute to senior athletes. Each senior had the chance to walk across the stage as their name was called and their families cheered. They received scholarships with a virtual presentation and picked up their yearbooks and diplomas. The icing on the cake was the chance for seniors to see themselves on the big screen at the Hyde Park Drive-In Theatre.

They say it takes a village — and the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization can attest to that. Thank you to the entire Beacon City School District administration, faculty and staff for their efforts to work around the regulations and closures to provide opportunities for our kids to celebrate their graduation.

Thanks also to Key Food, Ron’s Ice Cream, Libby funeral home, Melzingah Tap House, Antalek and Moore, Riverview funeral home, Slaterpalooza, Chris Bopp, Stintson’s Hub and Dawn Sela Photography, as well as Rob Lanier, Suzi Higgins and Tim and Susan Pagones, for providing a personalized lawn sign for each graduate.

Thank you to community members for buying and displaying yard signs. In addition to raising spirits, the money raised was used to provide face coverings that read “BHS 2020” and a graduation movie-night goodie bag filled with snacks for each family.

Over their four years in high school, members of the senior class worked hard to raise funds to help pay for the events, as well. This money was used to rent the movie theater and for a group photo.

Although the seniors lost out on many traditional pieces of their final year, many traditions were created, allowing them to be loved and celebrated in new ways.

Christine Galbo, Beacon

This letter was also signed by other members of the Senior Parent Committee of the Beacon High School PTSO.

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