Greed versus justice, repression versus freedom, wrong versus right – these are the values that the commentary on the culture war playing out across the Pacific and paralleling the trade war is beginning to be divided along.
Whereas once people may have tried to enjoy sports free from politics – although this very probably has never happened in reality– now the political stakes are much higher when discussing whether or not players have the right to express their own opinions and not just be silent, mindless athletes.
Although many people may be more than willing to forgo freedom of speech, expression, media, religion and basic human rights in pursuit of a slice of material wealth, it is refreshing to see that not everyone is cowed into submission, or blinded by the dollar signs in their eyes.
The sceptics may rightfully argue that companies like the NBA, and even countries like the USA, are more than willing to self-censor their values whenever it is inconvenient for their own self-interest. However, at least there are still people and organisations willing to stand up for the progressive values that billions of people around the world live by and aspire to.