Brittney Griner Had Better Earn Her Freedom

Brittney Griner Had Better Earn Her Freedom

Women’s basketball star Brittney Griner was freed from a Russian prison on Thursday after President Joe Biden released one of the planet’s deadliest arms dealers in an exchange. Maybe now the WNBA player, who made a point to boycott the national anthem for an entire season, will stand and show some respect for her country that let a Marine rot while bringing her home.

Griner’s Freedom Was Far from Free

Griner was released in exchange for Soviet military translator-turned-Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, otherwise known as the “Merchant of Death.” Michael Braun, the former chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, called Bout “one of the most dangerous men on the face of the Earth” in a 2010 “60 Minutes” interview.

“He is a shadow facilitator,” Braun said. “He is arming not only designated terrorist groups, insurgent groups, but he’s also arming very powerful drug-trafficking cartels around the globe.”

Now the Pentagon is concerned Bout will begin arming warlords again, according to a senior defense official who spoke to Politico. That’s the man this administration released to secure the freedom of a women’s basketball Olympic gold medalist who checks all the right identity-politics boxes as a black lesbian celebrity.

However, Paul Whelan, an American Marine serving a 16-year Russian prison sentence on espionage charges, remains in their custody. Whelan was arrested while on vacation in Moscow four years ago and was convicted in a 2020 trial that was condemned by U.S. officials as unfair. Griner had been serving a nine-year prison sentence after her conviction on drug charges in August.

“Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case different than Brittney’s,” President Biden said on Thursday. “And while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up. We will never give up.”

But after two years in office, President Biden didn’t appear to make any effort at securing his release, despite Whelan being incarcerated the entire time. In contrast, the White House stepped into high gear when Griner was first arrested in February for carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in Russia.

The Biden administration prioritized the black basketball player convicted on drug charges over the white male Marine. Biden claimed American officials were offered either Griner or nobody, but the White House also had another option: Bout for both. If Vladimir Putin rejected the offer, Biden should have left the table. The White House capitulated to Putin instead.

A Debt to Repay

Griner landed at San Antonio’s Kelly Field Air Force Base in Houston on Thursday morning. Good for her and her family. But she also lands with a debt to pay. 

Two years ago, as riots over “systemic racism” reached a fever pitch in the summer of 2020, erupting in the worst outbreak of civil unrest in recent memory, Griner demanded the WNBA take an axe to the national anthem.

“I honestly feel we should not play the national anthem during our season,” said Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury. “I think we should take that much of a stand.”

Not only should she stand for the national anthem at basketball games, but she should spend the rest of her life making her freedom worth the cost. She should either harness her wealth and fame for other Americans locked up abroad or support military veterans’ groups to honor the Marine left in Russia.

Identity-obsessed leftists will inevitably call this article racist because they can’t fathom that a member of any one of their protected classes should be held to any standard beyond gross victimization. But here’s the hard truth: Griner’s minority status boosted the priority of her case among the Biden administration. The White House spokeswoman said so herself when making Griner’s release about identity.

“Brittney is more than an athlete, more than an Olympian,” said Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “She is an important role model and inspiration to millions of Americans, particularly the LGBTQI+ Americans and women of color.”

But here’s another hard truth: Being black is not an accomplishment. Nor is being “LGBTQI+” an accomplishment. Griner was released over a Marine after the U.S. played one of its biggest cards by giving up an international arms dealer. It’s up to Griner to make it worth it.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at


White House Swaps Arms Dealer Viktor Bout for WNBA Player Brittany Griner – MbS Was Intermediary

White House Swaps Arms Dealer Viktor Bout for WNBA Player Brittany Griner – MbS Was Intermediary

Brittany Griner (32) was held in Russian prison after a conviction for drug possession.  Viktor Bout (55) was held in American prison after a conviction for illegal arms sales, supporting terrorists and money laundering.  In a prisoner exchange that took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Abu Dhabi airport, WNBA player Brittany Griner and Russian dealer Viktor Bout walked past each other on the tarmac.

NOTE: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) negotiated the deal.  Yesterday, in federal court the U.S. dropped a lawsuit against MbS for the Khoshoggi killing.  The case was dismissed.  The timing is transparent.

The Biden administration gets a popular transvestite hero of the LGBTQ+ community, while Vladimir Putin gets a Russian born global arms dealer nicknamed “the merchant of death.”  All things considered, the exchange priorities sound about right.

(Joe Biden) – “Moments ago, standing together with her wife, Cherelle, in the Oval Office, I spoke with Brittney Griner.  She’s safe.  She’s on a plane.  She’s on her way home.

After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.  This is a day we’ve worked toward for a long time.  We never stopped pushing for her release.

It took painstaking and intense negotiations, and I want to thank all the hardworking public servants across my administration who worked tirelessly to secure her release.” (read more)

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(Reuters) – […]  Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both traditional U.S. allies, are members of the OPEC+ oil producers alliance that includes Russia and have resisted Western pressure to help isolate Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

Their mediation reflects efforts to show their ties with Russia are of benefit to Washington, which had accused Gulf oil producers of siding with Russia when OPEC+ agreed in October to cut oil output targets over U.S. objections. (more)

“And then I told him he had to stand on the tarmac and hit a three-point shot to save his johnson”… 


3 New Movies For Weekend Streaming: ‘Terror On the Prairie,’ ‘Rise,’ And ‘Operation Mincemeat’

To generate buzz over the holiday weekend, top streaming services are premiering big titles—while a conservative-driven upstart is making a splash with their independently produced drama. It comes as stakes for the streaming wars have never been higher. 

Market leader Netflix has faced massive stock declines and staff layoffs in recent months. Their major competitors like Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Paramount Plus have altered strategies to better compete. And, in light of some parents’ backlash to Hollywood agendas, right-leaning players like Daily Wire are making initial moves to reach critical mass.

Increased competition could mean better value for subscribers — if people can navigate the glut of new films and series, many of them forgettable. This weekend, Netflix has the latter half of “Stranger Things” season four rolling out, but they’re holding big-budget actioner “The Gray Man” until July 22. Prime Video has premiered Chris Pratt’s “The Terminal List” Navy SEALS series, while Paramount Plus comedy flick “Jerry and Marge Go Large” is getting rave reviews

Three recent film releases deserve a closer look, including the much-talked-about Western produced by Daily Wire and a couple of based-on-true-story dramas from top streamers. Here are three capsule reviews as your family considers what to watch during downtime. 

‘Terror On the Prairie’: Aptly Titled Drama Depicts Violent Conflict With Evil

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which tracks the most popular streaming films, has lately ranked two films from conservative distributor Daily Wire in its Top 10 list: documentary “What Is A Woman” and old-school Western “Terror On the Prairie.” While the latter made Hollywood headlines when announced, mainstream critics have kept quiet since release.

“Terror On the Prairie,” featuring a cast led by Oscar winner Nick Searcy (“The Shape of Water”) and Gina Carano–former co-star of “The Mandalorian” famously fired for some errant tweets—marks a strong second effort for Daily Wire Entertainment. The first, “Shut In,” introduced audiences to filmmaker Dallas Sonnier and his R-rated “pressure-cooker movies” which he aims to be “unadulterated, unfiltered, genuine, [and] not neutered by the studio system.”

With stunning, untouched Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, this post-Civil War story unfolds on the barren landscapes of southwestern Montana. A mother of two, including a newborn, Hattie McAllister (Carano) feels no qualms about her husband leaving their cabin for a day to get supplies in town. Until, that is, four men on horseback arrive uninvited. 

Producer Sonnier is known for crafting scenes of breathless tension, certainly in evidence here as the black-hat gang chats over food with the fierce mother — until all hell breaks loose. Film critic Christian Toto describes one unexpected element of their stand-off: “The characters shoot, and shoot, and rarely hit their targets. It’s a more realistic version of Wild West gunplay that offers another layer of realism.”

Carano, a mixed martial arts champion prior to her acting career, plays to her strengths without coming off as a superhero. Unquestionably bloody and almost too efficient — a stronger music score might’ve helped a sometimes-lagging pace —“Terror On the Prairie” isn’t for everyone. Despite pulpy archetypes, this revenge plot has more layers than may be immediately apparent. 

‘Rise’: Gripping Family Drama Deflated By Flat Basketball Action

Anyone who grew up watching “Remember the Titans,” “Miracle,” or other inspired-by-true-stories films, have longed for Disney to return to high-caliber sports dramas. After seeing middling biopic “Rise,” just out on Disney Plus, it’s apparent fans will have to keep waiting.

The story of star power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly provides the raw material: raised in poverty in Greece, tried out for a local basketball team, trained to improve himself, and ultimately was picked 15th in the NBA Draft in 2013. Last year, he was named NBA Finals MVP after leading his Milwaukee Bucks to take home the championship trophy. 

“Rise,” produced with Giannis’ family, depicts the origins and personal context of his journey. Viewers encounter Giannis’ parents emigrating from Nigeria to Turkey to Greece, in search of a better life. They raise four sons in Athens, only able to take odd jobs due to their uncertain legal status; a fifth son, their eldest, even had to be left behind with his African relatives. While unexpected in a sports flick, all the immigration policy drama brings greater realism.

Struggling to provide for and raise his boys right, Charles (Dayo Okeniyi, from “The Hunger Games” films) has many up-close conversations with them about discipline and risk. Real-life Nigerian-American brothers Uche and Ral Agada portray rising athletes Giannis and Thanasis. When first joining a regional basketball team, their family can only afford one pair of sneakers; a scene of one in socks as the other laces up tangibly illustrates their shared sacrifice.  

The family’s Christian faith shows up, albeit in a minor role. Parents lead their sons in the Lord’s Prayer before bedtime, and a crucifix hangs prominently in their home. But the script doesn’t engage those really interesting questions: why did a Nigerian family convert to the Greek Orthodox Church? Their mother Vera (Yetide Badaki) says, “God makes no mistakes. Give it your all then let God do his work.” But it lacks context to know the true role of faith in their lives.

What “Rise” glaringly lacks is compelling in-the-paint basketball. The film’s limited hoops action consists mostly of layup shots and players doing drills — less than some Disney Channel flicks. There’s even buildup to Greece’s national scouting exhibition game filmed in a large arena. Characters react as if seeing some incredible Giannis plays on the court, but it’s not there. 

A cross-cultural story built on family bonds, “Rise” aims for the inspirational genre similar to last year’s “Blue Miracle.” By the end, with its dramatic NBA Draft scenes and highlight reel of Antetokounmpo brothers, three of them now NBA stars, it leaves viewers inspired. But it also underlines the film’s lack of actual basketball play, an egregious oversight that sadly limits potential impact and shelf life of “Rise.” 

‘Operation Mincemeat’: War Thriller Soars With Spycraft, Unrequited Romance 

As theater screens shift to mostly big-spectacle blockbusters, it’s led to mid-budget dramas and comedies gradually drying up. Thankfully, streamers have stepped up — with World War II drama “Operation Mincemeat” on Netflix a stellar example. 

Academy Award winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) stars as an MI5 agent seeking to fool the Third Reich with an elaborate hoax and ultimately get Hitler to relocate troops. Another newly-minted spy (Matthew Macfadyen, who also once played Mr. Darcy in “Pride & Prejudice”) proposes hiding deceptive documents on a corpse, and the two collaborate to execute the ruse. 

Comparisons to last year’s “The Courier” are inevitable, as it’s another British-produced “dad movie” that brings viewers behind-the-scenes of spy craft. While that past war film explored the sacrifice of an everyman keeping his family in the dark, “Operation Mincemeat” depicts a love triangle between the two agents and a member of their clandestine team (Kelly Macdonald, sparkling as ever.) Vying for her affections starts as subtext, gradually coming to the forefront.

Veteran director John Madden (“Miss Sloane”) exudes class and precision in every shot, aided by cinematographer Sebastian Blenkov whose lighting expertly accentuates the ensemble cast. Screenwriter Michelle Ashford, who previously penned episodes of “John Adams” and “The Pacific,” collaborated with author Ben Macintyre to craft a script packed with historical details.

In plotting that recalls “Top Gun: Maverick,” the central mission gets summed up, detailed, and tested about three times before it’s executed—which actually makes it work. How does one stage a floating corpse with a briefcase and other minutiae so it’s believable to the best minds in espionage? A curious wrinkle of history, author Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, played a role in this real-life operation and is depicted in a cameo. An odd title for a unique mission, “Operation Mincemeat” recounts a story worth knowing. 

Josh Shepherd covers culture, faith, and public policy for several media outlets including The Stream. His articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion & Politics, Faithfully Magazine, Religion News Service, and Providence Magazine. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he previously worked on staff at The Heritage Foundation and Focus on the Family. Josh and his wife live in the Washington, D.C. area with their two children.


From March Madness To The Masters, It Must Be Nice To Be Jim Nantz

From March Madness To The Masters, It Must Be Nice To Be Jim Nantz
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In his comedy film “History of the World, Part I,” Mel Brooks plays, among other parts, a randy French King Louis XVI. His signature line, delivered whenever he whets his carnal appetites, is “it’s good to be the king.” I think of that observation at this time of year with one modification: “It’s good to be Jim Nantz.”

For those unfamiliar with the CBS sportscaster’s upcoming schedule, this weekend he will be courtside in New Orleans at Caesars Superdome. There as play-by-play announcer he’ll call the Final Four, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal and final games. 

Then it’s a quick flight to Augusta National Golf Club, where he will cover The Masters, the PGA Tour’s premier golf tournament. This will be Mr. Nantz’s 31st Final Four and 37th Masters, something I’ll surely reflect upon as I roll my family’s squeaky trash cans out to the curb.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a glorious time, whether attending one of these spectacles in person or, more likely, watching on television. For my money, it’s the best nine days in sports, but make no mistake. It’s different for us mortals.

Next week millions will watch “One Shining Moment,” the NCAA tournament’s closing montage, bleary-eyed in bed. Later, countless more will take in Sunday at Augusta from easy chairs. Jim Nantz won’t be watching these events from a reclined or semi-reclined position. He will be living them. 

This isn’t envy, a deadly sin. I am blessed with an abiding faith, a loving family, and steadfast friends. Yet I think back to my senior year of high school – career day, specifically – and wonder: What booth did Jim Nantz see that I missed? Happy though I am for the talented telecaster, I have questions that go to the heart of production quality.

Does Jim Nantz sigh not upon waking at dawn, like most working stiffs, but rather as he drifts off, knowing dreams are small beer next to his real life? Is next week’s calendar simply marked “Bucket List, Again”? When work is done and it’s time to relax, where  – and more perplexing, why – does he go to get away from it all?

There is, in other words, no risk of complacency by summoning me off the bench for one or both assignments. My Virginia Cavaliers are not competing, so I’d call the Final Four without fear or favor. And borrowing from “Caddyshack’s” Judge Smails, another golf-loving jurist, I don’t want to cover The Masters for Jim Nantz. I feel I owe it to him.

Should CBS Sports stick with its seasoned professional, I won’t begrudge Jim Nantz his good fortune. He seems a genuinely grateful man, one whose nightly prayers might go something like this: “Heavenly Father, all I ask of tomorrow is … you know what? Never mind. You’ve called a flawless game.”

Mike Kerrigan is an attorney in Charlotte, N.C.


MSU Coach Defends Postgame Handshakes: Our Real Problem Is Replacing Character With Excuses

MSU Coach Defends Postgame Handshakes: Our Real Problem Is Replacing Character With Excuses

Michigan State’s head basketball coach Tom Izzo had some choice words for the talking heads calling for the end of the handshake line at the conclusion of sports games, but his analysis of American culture is what is really turning heads.

Izzo said the people demanding the postgame handshake line be optional is is “the biggest farce joke” he’s ever heard and would simply be used as an “excuse” to avoid teaching players and coaches character.

“We’ve already taught these poor 18-year-olds that when you’re told to go to class and you don’t like it, you can leave. We’ve already told these kids that if you’re not happy, you can do something else. We’ve already told these kids that it’s hard to hold them accountable,” Izzo said. “And now we’re going to tell them to not man up and walk down a line [to] someone who’s kicked your butt and have enough class to shake their hand — is utterly ridiculous.”

Izzo’s comments come just days after the University of Michigan’s basketball coach Juwan Howard slapped Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft in the face after the Badgers beat the Wolverines. Howard, who claims he was upset because Wisconsin called a late timeout, was suspended on Monday for the rest of the regular season and fined $40,000 for his unsportsmanlike behavior.

Howard later apologized for his actions which he said were “unacceptable” and set a poor example for students athletes.

Despite Howard ending his apology with “no excuses,” sportscaster talking heads rushed to suggest that NCAA sports teams just do away with handshake lines, a universal sign of respect after a sports game, altogether.

“The HAND SHAKE LINE should go – too much emotion / tension will ultimately create an even bigger scenario than yesterday,” Dick Vitale, a basketball sportscaster, tweeted on Monday.

He even called on the Big 10 commissioner to “act on what happened” at the Michigan vs. Wisconsin game.

Other sports media figures also jumped on the anti-handshake bandwagon.

Izzo defended sportsmanship, respect, and taking responsibility for what could be a win or a loss as necessary for basketball, but his assessment of the motivation behind abolishing the postgame handshake line doesn’t stop with sports.

“That’s typical of our country right now,” Izzo continued. “Instead of solving the problem, let’s make an excuse and let’s see if we can just, instead of confronting and demanding that it changes, let’s eliminate it so that we don’t have those problems.”

Izzo is right. While respectful coaches try to grapple with what possessed Howard to risk his career in a moment of anger, Americans are grappling with why a nation riddled with problems lacks the character and willingness to fix them. As Izzo noted, there is an overwhelming lack of responsibility and respect in the U.S. when it comes to solving issues of great consequence.

For example, President Joe Biden and his administration have failed to take responsibility for the myriad of crises facing Americans today. Instead of addressing the ongoing Southern border crisis, rising inflation, and supply chain issues, the White House has deflected criticism and even blamed Americans for national problems. They’ve used rhetoric and their allies in Congress to smear the GOP as the party of insurrectionists while real terrorism threatens the wide-open U.S.-Mexico border.

Similarly, the health bureaucrats responsible for locking down the country, forcing children to mask or stay glued to a screen at home, and downplaying Communist China’s role in spreading Covid-19 have failed to acknowledge their faults and humbly move forward with a solution. Instead, they cling to masking kids, forcing the Covid-19 jab on people, and claiming that “the science” has changed (again).

Soft-on-crime district attorneys promote lax bail policies in the name of equity instead of keeping dangerous criminals locked up. School districts erase educational standards to combat “racism.” And just like in college basketball’s case, these problems are exacerbated by the corporate media who fail to hold people responsible for their actions and actually run interference for them.

The corporate press blames any actions they deem harmful on “racist, domestic terrorist” Republicans while true criminals are shooed out of the news cycle because they don’t fit a certain narrative.

As Izzo pointed out, ending respectful, character-building customs to absolve bad behavior isn’t going to get anyone anywhere.

“If the president said it, I think he’s full of it. If the best coach in America said it, I think … that gets me more than this incident,” Izzo concluded.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.


Sports Could Be A Major Force For Learning To Live With COVID

Sports Could Be A Major Force For Learning To Live With COVID

Plenty of Americans have already learned to live with COVID-19, but many posturing elites have refused to ease up on the fearmongering and protocols, and thus a chunk of largely blue America remains paralyzed by an endemic virus. After nearly two years of this maddening standoff, an unlikely liberator could break free those stuck in the COVID era and usher them into reality: sports.

It begins with the  National Basketball Association being in a bit of a bind. The NBA that toppled one of the first lockdown dominoes with its shutdown over Rudy Gobert’s COVID case back in March 2020 is the same one now threatened by that lockdown impulse as the contagious omicron variant sweeps through its rosters.

As Ethan Strauss identified in his Substack, “If we see a bit more Covid spread, the NBA’s showpiece Christmas extravaganza is very much under threat. That’s the biggest TV day in the sport, an essential element of why ESPN pays the league over a billion dollars every year. Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo now might be out for Xmas if he misses the standard 10 days and same goes for former league MVP James Harden.”

There’s more where that came from. Dozens of players are out undergoing health and safety protocols.

“The league is, in some ways, a victim of its own diligence. The NBA tests frequently and positive results trigger mandatory absences. It is getting tied into knots by its own conscientiousness, pushed by its safeguards into an institutionally unsafe position,” Strauss continued. But then he went on to suggest another path: “Unless, to save its skin, the NBA says goodbye to all that. Unless, the NBA decides to announce a massive rollback of testing protocols as part of life in a new era.”

To those who got on with their lives while watching the absurdity of the pandemic panic from afar, this possibility seems too good — and logical — to come to fruition, especially after what we saw from the National Football League on Thursday.

After objectionable protocols sent the NFL into battle with some players, including indispensable ones such as Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the football league doubled down on some of the same theater. Its new protocols include an “intensive” return to masks, strictly virtual meetings, and grab-and-go cafeteria nonsense.

It’s par for the course that the league so badly missed the mark on some protocols, but there’s one bright spot. The NFL is now changing other protocols to allow infected players who are vaccinated and asymptomatic to get back on the field more quickly.

This loosened-up return-to-play protocol offers a tiny glimpse of logic. Rather than judging an athlete’s ability to play based on whether he’s COVID positive or negative, the league is now using a metric of contagiousness, or viral load “cycle threshold,” regardless of whether the virus is still present.

“That testing can begin as soon as one day after the initial positive and could significantly shorten the amount of time a vaccinated player spends away from the team facility,” according to ESPN.

This is good news, but until the NFL reverses course on the rest of its science-defying COVID overreacting, it’s hardly a cause for celebration. The NBA, however, has a chance to implement similar return-to-play protocols — but improve on the rest. In fact, the NBA has a chance to pave another COVID path, this time out of the lockdown impulses and into a new and brighter era of learning to live with a virus that isn’t going away.

Strauss put it best:

The NBA actually has an opportunity here to end the precautionary moment, or at least signal its ebb. … The basic plan would be to test players and team officials only if they’re obviously sick (and sit said players if they test positive). And no more of the contact tracing that’s gummed up work behind the scenes of a highly mobile industry. The message could be simple: Look, we can’t functionally operate like it’s 2020; now that the disease is endemic, and vaccines are widely available, we must move into 2022.

If the NBA wants to pull through this omicron moment successfully, it should heed that advice. But the same truths apply to non-athletes: We can’t operate like it’s 2020. We must move into 2022.

The NBA should do the right thing here, not only for itself and its players but for the rest of America. The big leagues are a force to be reckoned with; let them be a force for learning to live with COVID.


Retired NBA Star Stephon Marbury Praises ‘China’s Fauci,’ Promotes Genocide Olympics

The Chinese propaganda site Global Times regaled former NBA star Stephon Marbury with an extensive profile on Wednesday after Marbury, who has lived in China for 11 years, excitedly praised China’s “hospitality,” applauded top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan, and predicted the 2022 Beijing Olympics would be “extraordinary.

Marbury, one of the very few foreigners to receive a Chinese permanent resident “green card,” made the remarks at an event called the “2021 Understanding China Conference,” meant to highlight the voices of pro-regime foreigners. Marbury made the move to China after playing 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the largest percentage of them with the New York Knicks.

Since being in China, Marbury has become the winningest foreigner in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the subject of a propaganda film, a museum, and a stadium statue.

“I think the Olympics we’ll share here in Beijing is going to be extraordinary,” Marbury told Chinese reporters on Wednesday, “Especially that it’ll happen during this time in our lives under the pandemic.”

“I think the way how the country is handling the pandemic over sports times is the correct way, is the proper way how to do it – still giving people the opportunity to experience, use the experience in a different way. And I think whenever you get the opportunity to play on the global stage it’s always a treat,” Marbury continued. “I think this is an opportune time for all of the athletes to be able to compete to test themselves and to measure how far they can go based on all the training that they’ve done over time.”

The Beijing Olympics are facing global calls for a boycott in response to China’s growing list of human rights atrocities. Boycott demands from human rights activists and victims of the Chinese Communist Party began last year in response to China’s ongoing genocide of the Uyghur ethnic group of East Turkistan. Extensive documentation has revealed that China, under dictator Xi Jinping, has used killings, gang rape, forced sterilization, slavery, separation of children from families, and organ harvesting to eliminate the Uyghur people and other Muslim minority ethnic groups in western China. Xi has also presided over the building of one of the largest concentration camp systems in history.

More recently, athletes have called for an Olympics boycott in response to China’s disappearance of Wimbledon winner Peng Shuai after the tennis star accused a senior Communist Party official of raping her.

President Joe Biden, whose administration has deemed China guilty of genocide, has rejected calls for a boycott, claiming to be considering a “diplomatic” boycott, instead. Chinese media outlets have noted that a “diplomatic” boycott will be impossible if China does not invite American diplomats to the Games, which it has yet to do.

Marbury also used his appearance at the Chinese government event to praise Zhong, the top infectious disease expert in the country who many have compared to American medical celebrity Anthony Fauci. Marbury’s official account on Weibo, China’s top government-controlled social media outlet, features a photo of Zhong as its header image.

Retired NBA star Stephon Marbury Weibo account featuring photo of Chinese infectious disease expert Zhong Nanshan.


“The reason why I posted his picture [on Weibo] because I felt like he was the person that was giving the information that so many people needed to hear during that time,” Marbury told Chinese media. “I was wathcing a lot of live broadcasts that he was doing and he was speaking English and I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is really able to communication and talk to everyone on the planet, not just the Chinese people.”

Marbury described himself as a “fan” of Zhong’s “as a humanitarian and a person who cares for people” and said that, if he ever met Zhong, he would ask “what he thinks every day when he wakes up and how is he taking he steps to try to figure out how to contnue to help us.”

China is the origin nation of the Chinese coronavirus and caused the ongoing pandemic through censorship of key medical information and poor infectious disease management, including the organizing of an attempt at the world’s largest banquet at the height of the spread in Wuhan and arresting doctors for urging coworkers to wash their hands.

The Global Times lauded Marbury on Wednesday as a “brilliant player” and applauded his embrace of China. The newspaper praised Marbury for being one of only about 5,000 people to become a permanent resident of China via “green card,” omitting any criticism of China’s extremely restrictive immigration policy. It noted that Marbury encouraged other Americans to visit China for an extended period of time.

Marbury has been the subject of several major works of Chinese communist propaganda, including an entire museum dedicated to his life opened in 2015.

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Marbury praised Jesus on his Twitter account for the opening of the museum at the time. Christianity is highly regulated in China – those who do not subscribe to government-run churches face extreme human rights abuses – and people in China cannot access Twitter without special government exemptions mostly given to regime propagandists.

Outside of the museum, Marbury also received the honor of a statue in his name.

In 2017, Marbury won a “Best New Actor” award for playing himself in My Other Home, a propaganda film about how China helped Marbury achieve his true greatness.

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LeBron James Attacks Rittenhouse, FAILS HORRIBLY, Gets OWNED

LeBron James Attacks Rittenhouse, FAILS HORRIBLY, Gets OWNED


Controversial NBA star Lebron James decided to inject himself into the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and decided to make fun of the teenager for crying while recalling his life-threatening situation.

Rittenhouse Breaks Down

Rittenhouse broke into tears while giving his testimony of the self-defense shooting that left two people dead.

The teenager racked up a bunch of serious charges which includes first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree attempted intentional homicide.

In 2020, BLM and Antifa rioters were wreaking havoc in Kenosha, Wisconsin and this is where Rittenhouse’s troubles stemmed.

The teen began crying to the point of hyperventilating on the stand as he recalled almost being murdered and being forced to fire his gun to protect his life.

Hypocrite Alert

James decided to insert himself and claimed that Rittenhouse was merely pretending to have emotions.

“What tears????? “I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court,” LeBron tweeted.

This uncalled-for response drew a lot of criticism towards the basketball player and he got roasted by social media users.

Lebron James Gets Roasted

James is known for being a Chinese communist sympathizer and many did not let him forget his hypocritical ways.

One social media user tweeted:

“You like picking on the powerless a teenager while turning a blind eye to true evil like your Chinese CCP masters that have 2 million Muslims in concentration camps making your sneakers.”

James is also well-known for his ability to fake fouls and injuries.

One comment replying to his post said: “No one knows how to fake something better than you”

There’s a real possibility that Rittenhouse is dealing with PTSD and people pointed that out.

One comment said: “LeBron James appears to be mocking people dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in this post. Why? Is this a joke to you? Not a good look!”

Judge Bruce Schroeder who is residing over the case, provided the young man with a recess so he could try and regain composer.



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