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‘Nobody cares’: fury as billionaire shrugs off Uyghur genocide

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‘Nobody cares’: fury as billionaire shrugs off Uyghur genocide

Backlash to Chamath Palihapitiya’s comments draws renewed attention to the NBA’s relationship with China

Isabella Steger

The National Basketball Association has found itself in a China-linked controversy once again after serial dealmaker Chamath Palihapitiya, a part owner of the Golden State Warriors, dismissed concerns over human rights abuses facing the Uyghur minority in China. 

“Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?” the Sri Lankan-born investor said during a January 15 episode of the All-In podcast, reacting to a comment from co-host Jason Calacanis about the Biden administration’s “very strong” stance on the issue.

“I’m telling you a very hard, ugly truth, OK? Of all the things that I care about, yes, it is below my line,” Palihapitiya continued, as Calacanis reacted with palpable surprise. He also called human rights a “luxury belief”...

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