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Video: Yao Ming blocks a bullet in anti-poaching video

Aug 16, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

I’d tell you not to try blocking a bullet like a lazy lay-up at home, but really this falls under the same thing as the warning on hair dryers not to use them in the shower — if you’re stupid enough to try it, well, then it’s natural selection at work.

Yao Ming is working on a documentary trying to stem animal poaching in Africa from the demand end of the equation — if you stop buying contraband goods, if the demand dries up, then the supply will drop off as well and the poaching will go away. (I will leave it up to you to draw any parallels with the war on drugs.) Ivory is a hot commodity in China, which is fueling the poaching, so him stepping in on this issue (as he did with shark fins for shark fin soup) and traveling to Kenya is a noble effort.

This is less of an issue here stateside, I just liked the video, and the message, and we are in the dead part of the off-season, so here you go. I look forward to the return of the NBA season and actual news and games to analyze, too.

Hat tip to SLAM.

  1. totallyuselessme - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Yao has always been a good guy and stands for a lot of worthy causes.

    People always just think of him as that tall Chinese guy, but he’s a hell of a role model and that gets lost in his ethnicity sometimes. He’s a good man and deserves more praise for it than he gets.

  2. boobcok - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    what you don’t see is that in the scene immediately following this an examination reveals that Yao has shattered both knees during the play and will be out for the remainder of elephant poaching season.

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