The NBA, Nike and basketball star LeBron James have remained silent on the disappearance and considerations surrounding Chinese tennis star Peng Shaui after she made sexual assault allegations towards a former senior Chinese Communist Party chief. 

Fox News reached out to the NBA’s press workforce, in addition to to Upland Workshop – an advisory firm based and led by James’ spokesman and advisor Adam Mendelsohn – for comment on Peng’s disappearance and questions over her security. Fox News didn’t obtain responses. 

A search of the Twitter accounts belonging to the NBA and James additionally present no comment concerning the tennis star. There are additionally no press releases on the NBA’s web site concerning the matter. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Shuai Peng of China reacts in her first round match against Eugene Bouchard of Canada during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Shuai Peng of China reacts in her first spherical match towards Eugene Bouchard of Canada throughout day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
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The NBA and James, nevertheless, have each weighed in on Kyle Rittenhouse. The NBA launched a press release on the matter final week following his acquittal. 

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“Our thoughts are with the families of those whose lives were taken in this tragedy. The right to peacefully protest is a bedrock of our democracy and the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition remains committed to preserving that right for all. Any forms of vigilantism in our society are unacceptable,” a press release from National Basketball Social Justice Coalition Executive Director James Cadogan mentioned on Friday, which was shared on the NBA’s official Twitter account. 

James additionally made headlines earlier this month after Rittenhouse took the stand throughout his trial and cried. The basketball star accused him of faking his tears. 

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“What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court,” he tweeted on Nov. 10. 

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all 5 costs he confronted, together with first diploma murder, associated to the taking pictures deaths of two males and the harm of one other. His attorneys argued he was performing in self-defense in August 2020 in the course of the second evening of civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked by the taking pictures of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police. 

Nike, which often weighs in on issues pertaining to the sports world and social justice initiatives, has additionally remained silent on Peng. Fox News reached out to the corporate’s press workforce about ongoing considerations following her disappearance and didn’t obtain a response. 

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Peng Shuai's disappearance may be part of President Xi Jinping's cultural crackdown.

Peng Shuai’s disappearance could also be a part of President Xi Jinping’s cultural crackdown.
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The NBA, LeBron James and Nike have additionally come below hearth in recent times for his or her ties to China. Most not too long ago, Boston Celtics heart Enes Kanter referred to as out each Nike and James in social media posts saying China operates “SLAVE labor camps” and in addition wore a pair of footwear displaying James bowing down to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

CHENGDU, CHINA - AUGUST 13: UST 13: (CHINA OUT) LeBron James of the Miami Heat attends NIKE promotional event on August 13, 2011 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images)

CHENGDU, CHINA – AUGUST 13: UST 13: (CHINA OUT) LeBron James of the Miami Heat attends NIKE promotional occasion on August 13, 2011 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo by Visual China Group through Getty Images)
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Prominent feminist organizations such because the National Organization for Women and the “me too. Movement” have additionally not addressed her disappearance or responded to requests for comment on the matter. 

Peng went missing on Nov. 2 after she publicly accused a former Chinese authorities senior official, Zhang Gaoli, of forcing her to have intercourse regardless of her refusals.

Her accusation on social media was removed inside minutes and her disappearance sparked worldwide outrage and concern aimed on the Chinese authorities. She resurfaced on Friday in images circulated by an worker of Chinese state tv and in addition had a video name with Olympic officers over the weekend, who claimed that she is secure.  

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Peng “thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being,” the International Olympic Committee mentioned in a press release.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Shuai Peng of China plays a backhand during her Women's Doubles first round match with partner Shuai Zhang of China against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Alison Riske of the United States on day four of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 23: Shuai Peng of China performs a backhand throughout her Women’s Doubles first spherical match with accomplice Shuai Zhang of China towards Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Alison Riske of the United States on day 4 of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
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But others have identified that images and movies usually are not proof she is secure and free. 

“Messages like these are meant as a demonstration of power: ‘We are telling you that she is fine, and who are you to say otherwise?’” Mareike Ohlberg, a fellow on the German Marshall Fund, wrote on Twitter. “It’s not meant to convince people but to intimidate and demonstrate the power of the state.”

“These photos and videos can only prove that Peng Shuai is alive, but nothing else. They cannot prove that Peng Shuai is free,” Teng Biao, a Chinese civil rights lawyer, told the New York Times.

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The CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association additionally sounded the alarm on Peng’s security. Steve Simon addressed the video of her printed by China state-run media on Saturday, saying that whereas it’s reassuring to see her,  the video was “insufficient” proof of her security.  

FILE - WTA Chief Executive Officer Steve Simon smiles during a retirement ceremony for Martina Hingis in Singapore on Oct. 29, 2017.  An email purportedly from a Chinese professional tennis player that a Chinese state media outlet posted on Twitter has increased concerns about her safety as the sport's biggest stars and others abroad call for information about her well-being and whereabouts. Simon, the chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, questioned the authenticity of the email intended for him, in which Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai says she is safe and that the assault allegation is untrue. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File)

FILE – WTA Chief Executive Officer Steve Simon smiles throughout a retirement ceremony for Martina Hingis in Singapore on Oct. 29, 2017.  An e mail purportedly from a Chinese skilled tennis participant {that a} Chinese state media outlet posted on Twitter has elevated considerations about her security as the game’s largest stars and others overseas name for details about her well-being and whereabouts. Simon, the chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, questioned the authenticity of the e-mail meant for him, wherein Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai says she is secure and that the assault allegation is unfaithful. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File)

“While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference. This video alone is insufficient.  As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault is being censored and swept under the rug,” he wrote. 

Peng is simply the most recent particular person in China to go missing after criticizing the ruling social gathering, with some individuals reappearing weeks or months later with little or no rationalization. 

“The authorities have never liked feminists or #MeToo,” Lijia Zhang, the creator of “Lotus,” instructed the New York Times, including that those that “dared to speak out” “have been silenced.”