Pen to paper

An interesting Bloomberg News item on a basketball player trying to make a difference in Darfur by appealing to the Chinese government. First, the...

An interesting Bloomberg News item on a basketball player trying to make a difference in Darfur by appealing to the Chinese government. First, the back story.
China, the Council on Foreign Relations says, buys about two-thirds of Sudan's oil. The Sudanese government uses that money to buy weapons, many of which are made in China. Beijing is slated to host next year's Summer Olympics.

Now, the interesting part
With assistance from Reeves and Jill Savitt, director of the Olympic Dream for Darfur campaign, [Ira] Newble drafted an open letter from professional athletes to China's government....

Eleven Cavaliers put pen to paper.

LeBron did not. Neither did Damon Jones, who has a marketing contract with Li-Ning Sports Goods Co. Ltd., a Chinese sneaker and apparel maker.

``It was basically not having enough information,'' LeBron said in an interview before Game 4 of his team's playoff game against the Nets in New Jersey three days ago. ``Any decision I make I have to have extensive knowledge.''

Jones declined to comment, saying ``I'm not commenting about that.''

In some respects, you have to appreciate that LeBron James, as basketball's savior!, needs to have enough information to sign anything. Too much money and reputation is riding for any misstep. However, one expects this story to have its coda - a LBJ signature.

The story also brings up the difficulty China's Sudan policies may cause when the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one the very busy Mia Farrow, per the story, has taken to call "Genocide Olympics," get started.

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