Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Quotes from basketball fans in China on NBA controversy

Quotes from basketball fans in China on NBA controversy

His tweet was later deleted but the backlash was swift and massive.

NBA China also lists two partners that are joint ventures between Chinese and worldwide companies on its website. Chinese companies began abandoning the Rockets and TV networks said they would not show Rockets games in China.

The game's popularity in China has soared since. Future broadcasts may not go so far as to highlight the actual political machinations of the Chinese government.

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

The message is crystal clear: Sorry, special olympians, an American tweeted something about Hong Kong, so your event is canceled.

Now, the dominoes are falling.quickly.

Meanwhile the Global Times, a nationalist paper known for communicating the ruling Communist Party's attitudes to the world, issued a blunt warning to global firms that speaking out on human rights and other sensitive issues would cost them market access.

Morey could be fired from the Rockets, which brings serious complications in terms of how the National Basketball Association might be infringing on first amendment rights.

Rockets star James Harden apologized for Morey during a press briefing in China prior to a preseason game there but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appeared to back the GM on October 8, two days after the league issued a flat statement that did not back Morey. Adam said something that helps you understand what direction you need to go in rather than the cowardice of not being able to respond to something like the murder of Mr. (Jamal) Khashoggi. "We simply could not operate that way".

Consequently, Morey's Tweet won't be found on Twitter.

The NBA also released a series of statements, supporting Morey by saying they stand firmly on the side of free speech.

To quote Cleo McDowell in Coming to America, "This is America, Jack".

US companies have faced increasing pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to refrain from political statements about the nation's affairs, and many have faced criticism from human rights groups for limiting their speech as a cost of doing business in the country. There is a reason it's the very first amendment, after all. Also, here's what doesn't count as free expression. "China puts in money, but they're not the core of your business".

"The hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to fix", Tsai said in an open letter to fans in which he tried to shed light on the Chinese perspective when it comes to Hong Kong.

Asked about the trade talks, Trump said he believes a deal remains within reach but said any agreement must be better for the United States than for China. They don't get to tell Daryl Morey he needs to tone down his rhetoric toward a country accused of locking up over 1 million Muslims in detention camps, nor should they.

There's no freedom of speech. And if anything, very much an unintended effect, but I think what we're seeing as a result of Daryl's tweet and Joe Tsai's response, I can tell you, at least speaking for the United States, that there's, I think, far more understanding of the complexity of the issues in Hong Kong than there was heretofore.

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