- Jared Kushner on Thursday dismissed the importance of NBA players’ refusal to play in their playoff games the day before.
- In an interview with CNBC Thursday morning, the senior White House adviser downplayed the importance of the strike, which is not permitted by the NBA collective agreement and could result in the termination of lucrative contracts.
- “Look, I think NBA players are very lucky to have the financial situation that allows them to take a night off without having to have financial consequences for themselves,” Kushner said.
- Kushner ducked whether the White House would support the protest against police violence and racism after Jacob Blake’s police shooting – but later told Politico he would try to broker a dialogue between Trump and the US superstar. Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James.
- “We just need to turn this conversation from an emotional conversation to a constructive one,” he said.
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In an interview with CNBC Thursday morning, Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner dismissed the importance of the NBA players’ protest against police violence after the Jacob Blake shooting.
The morning after the players refused to play, postponing all of Wednesday’s playoff games, Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, sidestepped whether the White House would support the players in their strike.
—CNBC (@CNBC) August 27, 2020
“Look, I think NBA players are very fortunate to have the financial situation that allows them to take a night off without having to have the financial consequences,” Kushner said.
Kushner also sent a backhanded compliment to the players, who could see their contracts terminated because they are not allowed to strike under the league’s collective agreement with the players’ union.
“Look, I think with the NBA there’s a lot of activism and I think they put out a lot of slogans,” he said. “But I think what we need to do is turn that from slogans into concrete actions that will solve the problem. ”
WNBA players – who have consistently spoken out on issues of social justice and support for the Black Lives Matter movement – also forced their league to postpone Wednesday night’s games.
Another White House official – Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short – called the strikes “absurd and silly” in an interview with CNN.
—Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) 27 août 2020
Kushner told the authors of Politico’s “Playbook” newsletter that he would try to broker a dialogue between LeBron James and Trump, according to Jake Sherman.
—Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 27, 2020
James, whose court dominance and cultural influence has given him significant leverage to urge players to end the season abruptly, has sharply criticized the Trump administration.
Kushner ran out of time on his CNBC response by blaming Democrats for “what’s going on in a lot of these cities,” adding that “we just need to turn this conversation from an emotional issue to a constructive one.”
—Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) 27 Aug 2020