Arsene Wenger sends support to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil amid China backlash

first_imgArsene Wenger sends support to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil amid China backlash Advertisement 1 min. story 1/1 Read More SPONSORED Skip Ad Wenger coached Ozil at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil’s freedom of speech after the Arsenal drew the fury of China.Ozil’s Instagram post about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China has sparked a debate about human rights, as reports claim China has detained as many as one million people, mainly Muslims, over the course of several years in what are being branded as prison camps.China reacted furiously to the comments, pulling Arsenal’s game against Manchester City from TV coverage and performing a deep cleanse of Ozil’s internet footprint in the country.Arsenal released a statement distancing themselves from Ozil’s call to action and Wenger has defended the German’s right to speak out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Skip Read More Read More Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 1:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares About Connatix V67539 Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Comment Ozil is a Muslim (Picture: Getty)‘They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men.‘The women are forced to marry Chinese men. But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise.‘They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?’MORE: Yaya Toure takes swipe at Mesut Ozil and tells Arsenal star he was wrong to condemn China’s treatment of UighursMORE: Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil social media post Advertisement Full Screen / ‘What he says is about himself and not Arsenal,’ said Wenger.‘Mesut Ozil has freedom of speech like everyone else and he uses his notoriety to express his opinions, which are not necessarily shared by everybody.‘What’s important is that Ozil has an individual responsibility. He doesn’t have to carry the word of Arsenal Football Club.‘When you make a comment about your individual opinion you accept the consequences of it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChina have threatened further action against Arsenal. Ozil is a Muslim and compelled others to speak out on the human rights violations in China.‘East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion,’ Ozil said in a statement.‘They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. by Metro PLAY Coming Nextlast_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram eager to build off Summer League growth

first_img“The biggest thing for him was understanding where shots were going to come from,” Robertson said. “It’s a new system and a new game. Just being more comfortable. He’s a physical player. He’s not of the greatest build. But he plays physical.”So it would only seem natural that the 6-foot-9, 190-pound Ingram would consult Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. After the former Seattle Supersonics drafted Durant No. 2 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Durant overcame concerns about his thin frame enough to become a seven-time NBA All-Star.Ingram “absolutely” plans to seek Durant’s advice, but not for the reasons that seem obvious.“What I learned the most is it’s not about the body type,” Ingram said. “It’s about your skill level and what you can do on the basketball court. If you can score the ball, I think everything becomes a lot easier for you.”Durant perfected those qualities pretty well.He has led the NBA in scoring in four separate seasons. He has collected MVP awards for the NBA regular season (2014), All-Star game (2012) and FIBA World Championship (2010). He has scored 17,566 points through 10 NBA seasons.“Learning from him, he scores the ball so well,” Ingram said. “On the defensive end, he uses his length and blocks shots. I think going through this process, I want to learn from eventually all these guys.”As he had done in Summer League, Ingram then plans to use those lessons to sharpen his craft. For a young player seemingly consumed with working hard, it only seems natural he will follow this quest when mostly everyone else is resting. LAS VEGAS >> Everywhere Brandon Ingram turned, he could have easily noticed the finality approaching.The passionate Lakers crowd that dominated these Summer League games appeared smaller. After exerting his scoring superiority, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell dressed in street clothes and sat on the bench. And no matter the outcome, the Lakers would no longer play any more games here.Yet, the Lakers’ 92-88 loss to the Utah Jazz in their consolation game on Friday at Thomas & Mack Center showed how Ingram’s work has just started.Without Russell’s playmaking, Ingram assumed a larger offensive role. So Lakers summer league coach Theo Robertson drew up plays that ensured Ingram would receive more looks in the post and along the wing. After averaging only five points per game on 31.6 percent shooting in the first four games, Ingram responded with 22 points on a 9-of-13 clip. “I felt comfortable,” Ingram said. “I got off to a slow start. It kind of gave me motivation to try to push the team and get buckets and get it on the defensive end.”Ingram also has another source of motivation that will keep him busy while most of his summer-league teammates will enjoy some rest. Starting on Monday, Ingram, Russell and Lakers third-year forward Julius Randle will train with the U.S. Men’s Select team at UNLV. Then, that team will practice against the U.S. Men’s Olympic team.Ingram’s bucket list on what he wants to accomplish there seemed detailed.“To learn from the top players in this league,” Ingram said. “That’s very important for me coming into this league and trying to adjust to the physicality and pace of this game. I want to see how they score so easily and on the defensive end how they get after it.”After all, the No. 2 pick only described his Summer League stint as “okay,” noting he could have both improved his marksmanship, defensive impact and pace. Friday’s game marked the first time both Robertson and Ingram believe he played with enough aggression. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more