A bipartisan commission of U.S. congressmen is urging NBA players to end their endorsement deals with Chinese companies that source cotton from China’s Xinjiang region, where the government is rounding up a Muslim-minority population and placing them in forced labor and concentration camps.
The New York Post reported that the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which it described as “a bipartisan and bicameral panel,” wrote a letter to the National Basketball Players Association, urging professional players to end their endorsement deals with Chinese sportswear firms ANTA, Li-Ning, and Peak.
“We believe that commercial relationships with companies that source cotton in Xinjiang create reputational risks for NBA players and the NBA itself,” the bipartisan group wrote in their letter. “The NBA and NBA players should not even implicitly be endorsing such horrific human rights abuses.”
“The U.S. State Department has determined that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, including the mass internment of over a million primarily Muslim