Former NBA star and UConn basketball player Caron Butler urges Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to sign a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement. The PROTECT Act would require almost all incarcerated people to be allowed at least six and half hours out of their cells. Butler served in solitary confinement as a teenager. He said it is “dehumanizing.”
Enes Kanter: Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans loose their life by guns, we should continuesly look for ways to reduce the incidence of gun violence, homicide. @CNN pic.twitter.com/ccUddSKw2Q
A U.S. congressional commission on Tuesday called on American basketball stars to end endorsements of Chinese sportswear firms that use cotton grown in China’s Xinjiang region, warning against complicity in forced labor they say takes place there.
“Players have continued to sign new deals with Anta Sports,” the letter from Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jim McGovern added. “We believe that commercial relationships with companies that source cotton in Xinjiang create reputational risks for NBA players and the NBA itself,” they said, noting that the U.S. government had determined that the Chinese government was committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and barred imports of cotton from the region. “The NBA and NBA players should not even implicitly be endorsing such horrific human rights abuses,” the letter said.
Following a viral clip from an HBO show, Orlando’s mayor is extending a lunch invite to Lebron James after the Lakers star said he “gets PTSD” when he hears the name Orlando following last summer’s NBA bubble. “You gotta understand anytime I hear Orlando right now, I get PTSD,” the NBA player said on the show “The Shop: Uninterrupted” that he stars in.
Stan Van Gundy: Scary times. After decades of increased voting rights and access now we are making it harder to vote. Women’s rights to control their own bodies are diminishing. After years of gains for LBGTQ rights those rights are now under attack. America is becoming a regressive country.