As Women's Tennis Association Threatens China Over Missing Player, Has Anyone Seen the NBA, Nike?

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As the National Basketball Association and Nike continue their prostration before the Communist altar in Beijing, the Women’s Tennis Association is threatening to pull its tournaments from China if it fails to produce credible evidence that professional tennis player Peng Shuai is alive and well.

The evidence preferably being the former top player, herself.

As reported by my colleague Jerry Wilson earlier, 35-year-old Peng has not been heard from since she made sexual assault allegations against a senior Communist Party official, two weeks ago.

Chinese state media released an email attributed to Peng, as reported by CNN, in which she said she was safe and recanted her previous accusations, but we’ve seen this movie before with China. Odds are it was fraudulent or coerced — Peng has still not been seen or heard from.

Serena Williams tweeted concern for Peng on Thursday.

I am devastated and shocked to hear about the news of my peer, Peng Shuai. I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we must not stay silent. Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time.

Maybe Joe will help, Serena.

Steve Simon, chairman of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), said his organization is prepared to pull its tournaments out of China — potentially costing the WTA hundreds of millions of dollars — if it is not satisfied with Beijing’s response about the whereabouts of Peng, as well as her sexual allegations.

“We’re definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all the complications that come with it. Because this is certainly, this is bigger than the business. Women need to be respected and not censored.”

Gee, who doesn’t that remind us of? [thinking-guy emoji]

Concern for Peng’s welfare has continued to grow since she said she was “forced” into a sexual relationship with former China vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. As noted by the BBC, it was the first such public accusation against one of China’s senior Communist leaders.

Zhang, 75, served as China’s vice-premier between 2013 and 2018 and was a close ally of President Xi Jinping. He has not responded to Peng’s accusations.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday stuck to the line that it is “not aware” of the Peng Shuai situation, as reported by ESPN, a preposterous claim for the ChiComs, particularly because Peng’s accusations were made against one of Xi’s pals. “Not aware” is an old Beijing card it plays in place of bald-faced lying.

The United Nations says it wants proof of Peng’s whereabouts and called for an investigation “with full transparency.” Start holding your breath in 3… 2… 1… Then roll your eyes.

As noted by the BBC, Peng is a former world, number-one doubles player who has won two Grand Slam titles — at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014, both with doubles partner Hsieh Su-wei. She also achieved a career-high singles rankings of 14 in 2011 and reached the U.S. Open singles semi-finals in 2014.

Oh, before we go, how about we play a quick game of “Which of these is not like the other one?” first?

RedState’s coverage of the NBA over the last couple of years as it relates to Black Lives Matter, the Uyghur Muslim genocide, and the crackdown on Hong Kong has been extensive. Nobody has “shined” brighter in the Communist Chinese spotlight than the hypocritical king himself, LeBron James.

And then there’s Nike.

As my colleague, Sister Toldjah reported in August, when Nike CEO John Donahoe was asked why the shoe giant doesn’t speak out more on China’s abuse of human rights, this was the best he could do:

“China is a very important market for us, we have a long-term history in China. We take a very long-term view with China, we’ll continue to invest in China while also operating a very responsible global supply chain.”

Just Do It™ — right, John?

Hong Kong be damned. The Uyghur Muslims be damned. Peng Shuai be damned.

And NBA Commissioner Adam Silver? Ditto.

Meanwhile, kudos to Chairman Steve Simon and the Women’s Tennis Association for standing on principle and going where these cowards and profit-grabbers refuse to do.

Yeah, just do it.