Citizenry - February 3
NBA players face ethical dilemma and art world tax haven scheme revealed
NBA players face ethical dilemma over China shoe deals
“When you look around, and see some of the things that’s going on, you almost just don’t know how to respond to it or what to do about it,” NBA Portland Trail Blazer star Damian Lillard told The Undefeated in a phone interview a year ago. “Being somebody that uses my platform and has actually been out there literally marching, you look around and just think. I’m not sure exactly what to do going forward, but I think whatever it is, it has to be with action.”
Fast forward to today and ESPN reports that 17 NBA players continue to have multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese companies (Li-Ning, Anta, Peak and 361 Degrees) accused of being complicit in human rights abuses. Back in December 2021, Congress passed a bipartisan bill banning the import of goods from Xinjiang, where the U.S. Government has declared China is committing genocide and forcing Uyghurs and members of other minorities into slave labor for cotton production. As the United Nations finalizes its report on the abuses in Xinjiang, NBA players such as retired star, Dwyane Wade, and Golden State Warrior star, Klay Thompson, are faced with an ethical dilemma. Or are they?
Investigative journalists expose art world tax haven scheme
Billed as the largest investigation in journalism history, the Pandora Papers exposed and continues to delve into the shadowy financial system used by the wealthiest people on Earth to enrich themselves at the expense of billions of others. From celebrities to politicians to run of the mill billionaires and wanton criminals, this dark financial system is being brought into the light by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
And now we learn not only are the wealthy directly impacting social uplift programs through tax evasion, but they are also depriving the world of beautiful works of art.