Peng, who is one of China’s most recognizable sports stars, has
not been seen in public since she accused former Vice Premier
Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to
screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2.
“What we would say is that it would be important to have proof of
her whereabouts and wellbeing, and we would urge that there be an
investigation with full transparency into her allegations of
sexual assault,” Liz Throssell, the spokesperson of the UN Human
Rights office, told reporters in Geneva on Friday. [...]
The head of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Steve Simon has
said he is willing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars worth
of business in China if Peng is not fully accounted for and her
allegations are not properly investigated.
“We’re definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all
the complications that come with it,” Simon said in an interview
Thursday with CNN. “Because this is certainly, this is bigger than
the business,” added Simon.
Chinese state media released an email Wednesday, purportedly written by Peng and addressed to Simon, that reads as preposterously fake.
Bravo to Simon and the WTA for taking this no-bullshit fuck-the-money stance. The NBA cowardly prostrated itself to the CCP two years ago, when Daryl Morey — then GM of the Houston Rockets — tweeted “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” (Morey is now president of my hometown 76ers.)
The International Olympics Committee will be tested next: the 2022 Winter Olympics are slated to be hosted in China, starting in February.