They are true today, were true last week and were true long before Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, inciting an international firestorm.
So NBA players speak out on gun control and police brutality in the U.S. but are muted about human rights in China?
NBA players and coaches speak freely about gun control, racism and Trump—without fear of recriminations or reprisals.
This was the first major North American sports league to have an openly gay player (Jason Collins), referees (Violet Palmer, Bill Kennedy) and executive (Rick Welts).
To be clear, there are sincere people with sincere concerns about the NBA's relationship with China.