Billionaire Jared Kushner Criticizes NBA Boycott, Says Players Are ‘Very Fortunate’ They Can ‘Take A Night Off’
On Thursday, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner stated that NBA players were lucky that they were affluent enough to “take a night off from work” when he was asked about the Milwaukee Bucks’ walk-off in support of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
“I think the NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially. So they have that luxury, which is great,” said Kushner on CNBC’s Squawk Box. He added, “With the NBA, there’s a lot of activism and I think that they put a lot of slogans out, but I think that we need to turn that from slogans and signals to actual action that’s going to solve the problem.”
Kushner is the billionaire son-in-law of President Donald Trump with a net worth of approximately $800 million together with his wife, Ivanka Trump. He had inherited a real estate empire from his father.
In an later interview with Politico, Kushner again brought up the players’ wealth, saying, “Most Americans don’t have the financial luxury” of “taking the night off.” He juxtaposed President Trump’s track record against that of the “complainers.”
“We are offering solutions with policy. The other side has done a lot of complaining,” Kushner said.
When asked about basketball legend LeBron James‘ activism, Kushner said, “If Lebron James reached out to the White House, we are happy to talk to him.”
He added that he would reach out to James today.
James hasn’t been supportive of the Trump previously.
“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing [Trump’s] viewership, him viewing the game,” James said in response to news that Trump would no longer watch the games after NBA players took a knee during the national anthem. “And that’s all I got to say.”
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