Golden State Warriors distance themselves from Palihapitiya who says ‘No one cares what happens to Uyghurs’ | Local News

Golden State Warriors distance themselves from Palihapitiya who says ‘No one cares what happens to Uyghurs’

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Palihapitiya made the comment on the ‘All-in Podcast’ on Saturday, after co-host Jason Calacanis spoke about US President Joe Biden’s “very strong” stance on alleged human rights abuses suffered by the minority. Uyghur in China.

“Nobody cares what happens to the Uyghurs, okay? You talk about it because you really care, and I think it’s good that you care, the rest of us don’t sheet,” Palihapitiya said, while Calacanis reacted in surprise.

“I’m just telling you…a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it’s below my line.”

Co-host David Sacks said the average person would care about the topic being brought to them, but Palihapitiya continued, “I care that our economy could accelerate if China invades Taiwan…I care. of climate change. . . I care about America’s crippling and dilapidated health care infrastructure.

“But if you ask me, ‘Do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country?’ Only when we can take care of ourselves will I put them first over us.”

The 45-year-old billionaire investor also said the concept of defending human rights around the world is a “luxury belief”.

“We are not doing enough at the national level to express this point of view in a real and tangible way,” he said. “So until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we’re stepping outside our borders…about someone else’s human rights record is deplorable.”

In a statement to CNN on Monday, the Warriors distanced themselves from Palihapitiya’s comments: “As a limited investor who does not have day-to-day operational duties with the Warriors, Mr. Palihapitiya does not speak on behalf of our franchise, and his views certainly do not reflect those of our organization.”

The NBA did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

“I feel like I lack empathy”

Palihapitiya is listed as a board member on the Warriors website. CNN has learned that Palihapitiya owns 2% of the Warriors.
Following an outpouring of criticism on social networks, Palihapitiya address his comments on Twitter, posting a statement with the following caption: “Important issues deserve nuanced discussions.”

“Re-listening to this week’s podcast, I acknowledge that I feel like I lack empathy. I fully acknowledge that. As refugees, my family fled a country with its own set of human rights issues. Man, so this is something that’s very much a part of my lived experience.

“To be clear, my belief is that human rights matter, whether it’s in China, the United States or elsewhere. Period.”

Enes Kanter says he will change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom and become an American citizen
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom was a leading critic of Palihapitiya’s comments about Uyghurs. Freedom recently changed its name from Enes Kanter. He told CNN his new last name came from what his teammates called him.

In recent months, the 11-year-old NBA veteran has used social media and specially designed apparel at NBA games to raise awareness and criticize China’s treatment of the Uyghur community, an extreme Muslim minority. west of the country.

The US State Department estimates that up to two million Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities have been held in internment camps in China’s Xinjiang region since 2017.

Former detainees claim to have been subjected to intense political indoctrination, forced labor, torture and even sexual abuse. China has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses in the country.

Freedom has also raised awareness about China’s treatment of Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and recently called for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in protest.

“External Interference”

Freedom’s comments sparked a backlash in China, with Celtics games being pulled by Chinese video streaming site Tencent and the government criticizing Kanter’s comments.

With an excerpt from the comments of Palihapitiya, Freedom said on Twitter: “When [the NBA] says we stand for justice, remember there are those who sell their souls for money and business like (Palihapitiya) the owner of (the Warriors), who says “No one cares about this happening to the Uyghurs”.

“When genocides happen, it’s people like that who let them. It’s shameful!”

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Asked about their reaction to Palihapitiya’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing on Tuesday: “I haven’t heard the relevant information you mentioned. However , what I can tell you is that Xinjiang affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, and we will never tolerate any outside interference.”

In December, an independent London-based tribunal ruled that China had committed genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, accusing top Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, of “primary responsibility” for the acts. perpetrated against Muslim minority groups.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the size of Palihapitiya’s stake in the Warriors.

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