Steve Kerr on if he's ever been asked about human rights during his previous trips to China:— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) October 11, 2019
"No. Nor has (America's) record of human rights abuses come up either… People in China didn't ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall." pic.twitter.com/56mNC7LmID
The head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors seemingly took China’s side in the debate over human rights violations in the communist country- by completely missing the point altogether.
Steve Kerr denied ever being asked about “human rights abuses” during his visits to China, particularly American human rights violations.
“No,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Nor has our record of human rights abuses come up either.”
Kerr then attempted to equate acts of crime in the US with government-sanctioned atrocities in China.
“People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall,” he said.
According to Fox News, Kerr was called out by President Donald Trump for his seeming indifference on the matter of whether or not the Chinese government is in the wrong for attempting to violently suppress pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong.
“He was like a little boy, he was so scared….He was shaking,” Trump said. “He didn’t know how to answer the question.”
Kerr is a long-running critic of President Trump, and claimed that “the world is a complex place and there’s more gray than black and white.”
The NBA has come under increasing criticism for attempting to appease the Chinese government in regards to the protests in Hong Kong, going so far as to eject pro-Hong Kong patrons from their games.
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