Over the past decade, the NBA has championed itself as the moral standard in professional sports. While FIFA is routinely riddled with corruption and the NFL consistently bungles social issues like anthem protests and personal conduct violations, the NBA has racked up brownie points with its apt handling of player empowerment and social justice issues. The most notable PR success occurred when Commissioner Adam Silver banned former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life in 2014, forcing him to sell the team after racist secret audio recordings were released to the public. That makes what has transpired over the past three weeks with the Daryl Morey Twitter saga all the more perplexing.
While it is easy to remain sympathetic to their cause — after all, it is freedom they are fighting for — we must also critically assess the true ramifications of their actions, evaluating whether or not the protestors are truly marching themselves towards freedom or away from it.
Songchen Yao ’23 was anxiously awaiting the result of his Stanford application in his hometown of Shenzhen, China early last spring when he heard the news about what would become the largest college admissions scandal to ever be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Stanford was among many elite universities with individuals implicated in…
Up until last week, Tilman Fertitta had made a mildly bad impression as owner of the Rockets. He gets the “mildly” modifier because plenty of other owners have done the same. He loves to talk to the media, whether it be to publicly doubt Daryl Morey, perhaps the most innovative and successful GM in the league, or complain about his players.
Three Hoover affiliates spoke of the threat posed by Russia, China, and Iran on US interests and liberal values in front of a packed Traitel Auditorium. They emphasized the need for a sense of national unity as essential for an effective US foreign policy.
Announced in an email to participating students on Tuesday, Aug. 20, the decision was made after weeks of monitoring and consideration of the political situation and ongoing protests. It is unclear if BOSP will launch the program in fall 2020.
“There’s a real sense that there’s a growing fear and suspicion of Chinese Americans generally in the United States, and that the Hoover report is encouraging this type of scrutiny and suspicion,” Chang said. “And many of us feel this is a form of racial profiling.”
This article is the second in a series examining how rising U.S.-China tensions are affecting the Stanford community.