Protesters show support for Hong Kong at Wizards game

Brenda Watkins
October 10, 2019

It's the latest in an global saga that was spurred by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, who last week posted a message in support of protesters in Hong Kong. "NBA's cooperation with China has been going on for quite a long time, so for what should be said and what should be done, they know best".

Over the weekend, the Houston Rockets GM caught major backlash and issued an apology for tweeting an image that read "fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong".

Silver, speaking in Japan before a preseason game between the Rockets and Toronto Raptors, said it was not up to the league to regulate what players, employees and team owners said. "I regret - again, having communicated directly with many friends in China - that so many people are upset, including millions and millions of our fans".

The Wizards said building security did not ask any fan to leave but only "removed signs tonight in accordance with Capital One Arena's long-standing signs, banners, posters and flag policy". I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.

The fans maintain officials kicked them out for showing support for Hong Kong. "My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the National Basketball Association".

Rockets star James Harden, who is popular in China and earlier this week apologised to Chinese fans over Morey's comments, on Wednesday fell in behind Silver and free speech.

The NBA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Saturday's Lakers-Nets game would take place. It's said that 300 million people in China play basketball, and that 500 million watched at least one NBA game last season.

It's a nice hope, but as of now, Chinese businesses are pulling away from ties to the league.

While the game will not be televised nationally in China, the game is set to be carried in the United States on NBA TV at 4:30 a.m. PDT. Instead of you reconsidering your relationship with the National Basketball Association, perhaps it is time they reconsider their relationship with a totalitarian government who monitors the periods of women and performs forced abortions on citizens who dare to have more children than the state allows. "Now, it is mostly yellow and blue", the colours of the Golden State Warriors, said a manager at the Shanghai Playzone, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

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"But if those are the consequences of us adhering to our values, I still feel it's very, very important to adhere to those values", Silver said.

Maybe democracy in Hong Kong isn't all that significant to them, or maybe it is and they're being careful not to hurt themselves or their organizations.

"Personal opinions belong to them".

Either way, bottom line here isn't the bottom line.

It's not always good for business, but it's for the greater good.

"We're strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver's claim to support Morey's right to freedom of expression", CCTV said in a statement.

Freedom can be expensive.

Ross provided another example in which a Taiwanese student told fellow students in London that "I may look Chinese, but please don't think I am Chinese".

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