We'll Always Have Smoke
Sorry it's taken me all day to get to the USA Basketball political clam-up. Ziller's post has the clip, and some relevant links. I'm not making excuses for anyone here, just reminding people what it's taken to prompt Olympic activism in the past. Sure, there's money, and shadows, and pressure, but in these times, it's awfully easy to back down, slink away, or leave others wondering why they'd expected anything more in the first place.
Honestly, I'm just not that surprised that this fell by the wayside. There's a big difference between a "genocide is bad" PSA and this:
I come not to excuse Team USA, or damn them. Merely to ask, what the fuck did you expect? For them to go above and beyond past precedent? For something that's only barely related to them? Regardless of whether not today's superstars can be bought or sold, Darfur is exactly the kind of thing that actual politicians and people of influence hedge on all the time. Whether or not the world's biggest NBA market is at stake.