Company willing to pull Jazz, NBA support due to BLM, kneeling

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

SME Steel Contractors will not have people in their suite at the Utah Jazz games at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. When the NBA restarts at home arenas — possibly as soon as the 2020-21 season — this suite will be empty.

They have sent a letter to the team explaining their decision from what they call the league’s “political propaganda.” The letter to team owner Greg Miller called the league’s decision a “disappointment and disillusionment” following their political stance to stand with Black Lives Matter after the George Floyd death in May in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter (Photo by Unsplash/Clay Banks)

They said that their suite will be unused for the foreseeable future as a response to the league’s political activity. The league has gone “woke” and promoted Democratic agendas after the restart in Orlando, Florida.

Players and coaches boycotted games due to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In full transparency, the authorities said that Blake resisted arrest and several taser attempts failed before he went to the drivers side of a vehicle and was shot seven times.

The authorities also said that a knife was in the floor board of the driver’s side of the vehicle where Blake may have been reaching for or dropping the knife when he was shot.

The company alleges that they have spent “approximately” $6 million at home games since 1992.

“We have been stunned to see the entire Jazz team kneeling during the playing of our country’s national anthem,” the letter said to the Jazz, according to KUTV. “Like other fans throughout the country, SME was disappointed that the 2019-20 season was disrupted by the COVID pandemic. That disappointment pales, however, to the feelings we experienced when NBA games “restarted” on what appears to be a billboard for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

“The final evidence of NBA disregard for its fans and customers was the recent wildcat strike engaged in by NBA players-resulting in the frivolous disruption of scheduled playoff games.”

The letter also said the players decision to support equality stances as “tributes to felons.” In addition, the company said that they would eliminate their support to the Jazz and the league if this continues “unless and until the NBA and the Utah Jazz put a stop to all disrespectful actions during the anthem and remove the Black Lives Matter logos from the arena, SME’s suite at the Vivint Smart Home Arena will remain dark and unused.

“Moreover, SME will not renew its licensing agreement or make any further payment for its suite until the NBA and its franchises again offer sports and entertainment rather than divisive political propaganda.”

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