Chinese state media reported that authorities in Xinjiang, where more than a million Uyghur Muslims are confined in government-run concentration camps and subject to a ruthless campaign of ethnic cleansing, have also declared that facilities such as copper mines, torture dungeons, enhanced interrogation cells, and reeducation grottos would no longer be segregated according to gender identity. A video surfaced earlier this month that showed what appeared to be Uighur prisoners in Xinjiang with blindfolds over their eyes and their heads shaved.
The report quoted NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, who oversees the league's worldwide operations, as saying the league received "a handful" of complaints about mistreatment of young players and immediately informed Chinese authorities.
Tatum said the NBA launched the "elite player development initiative in 2016 by working to support three existing basketball development centres in China operated by local sports authorities".
ESPN's investigation also found that "American coaches were frequently harassed and surveilled in Xinjiang", and that "one American coach was detained three times without cause; he and others were unable to obtain housing due to their status as foreigners". "The NBA even asked current and former employees not to speak to ESPN about this story".
The instructors talked with ESPN on the disorder of privacy due to the fact that they were actually anxious concerning potential job opportunity and also due to the fact that the National Basketball Association especially inquired certainly not to comment- as well as additionally inquired certainly not to say to others that the organization informed all of them certainly not to comment.
American coaches who were employed in the NBA's Chinese academies told ESPN they witnessed numerous instances of coaches physically punishing players, including hitting them in the face with basketballs and kicking them. The Xinjiang academy has now been closed. "We don't have oversight of the local coaches, of the academic programs or the living conditions", he added.
"We were basically working for the Chinese government", one former coach said.
"Imagine you have a kid who's 13, 14 years old, and you've got a grown coach who is 40 years old hitting your kid", one coach told ESPN. "The NBA becomes part of that".
Jinming Zheng, an assistant professor of sports management at Northumbria University in England, insisted that corporal punishment was still seen as a productive way to motivate and train young people. "It's fair to say we were less involved than we wanted to be". He continued by saying that older generations in China see physical punishment as part of the training process.