NBA events canceled in China as fallout over Hong Kong tweet continues

Daniel Fowler
October 10, 2019

We cultivated an interest there, which has led to some fascinating results, but freedom of speech is a fundamental, inalienable right in this country and it should never be set aside for money.

"If the pre-season match is cancelled, I don't really care, because I think this thing has already violated our country's bottom line about a few issues", he said.

"I live and die with my team", said the post by the 25-year-old, identified only by his surname Wang.

Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a pro Hearthstone player from Hong Kong, ended a stream earlier this week with a statement of support for those engaged in months-long protests against local police and government.

And in this case, Daryl Morey, as the general manager of the Houston Rockets, enjoys that right as one of our employees.

China says it will not air National Basketball Association exhibition games played in the country this week after the Houston Rockets' general manager tweeted support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Harden, the key player for Morey's Rockets who won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2018, told reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday that he supports the commissioner and his defence of free speech.

"What I've found is that it's easy to speak on issues that I'm passionate about and that I feel like I'm well-versed on", Kerr said.

The fans have been identified as Sam Wachs, a Philadelphia resident who spent time living in Hong Kong, and his wife, who has not been named publicly.

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Trump, in response to the question of whether China should be putting pressure on the NBA, said, "The NBA's a different thing".

"You need to fire him and you need to fire him fast", Crutchfield said.

The NBA has been steeped in controversy after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey accidentally created an worldwide conflict when he tweeted a picture showing solidarity for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The president said the two coaches "talk badly about the United States, but when it [comes to] China they don't want to say anything bad".

"I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending and misunderstanding them was not my intention. But, I'm not gonna comment further".

The NBA would say only that calling off the event, which was supposed to benefit the Special Olympics, was not its decision. He accused the two coaches of "pandering" to China, though on October 1 Trump himself tweeted a congratulations to the People's Republic of China for 70 years of communist rule.

The stance could endanger the league's position in China, one of its most important markets.

USA politicians slammed the NBA's lack of support for Morey as shameful and a craven move by the league to put profits above human rights.

John Ross, senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute, Renmin University of China, joined Radio Sputnik's By Any Means Necessary Tuesday to discuss the repercussions of Morey and Silver's statements and the dynamics that the West does not appear to understand about China.

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