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- On Sunday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted out a message in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
- The tweet, which read "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong," sparked a backlash in China, where the Rockets have a large following. Morey quickly took down the tweet.
- Tencent, the NBA's exclusive digital partner in China, said it would suspend live-streaming of Rockets games. The Chinese Basketball Association also announced that it would suspend all cooperation with the team.
- The NBA responded by releasing apologies at every level: NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass released a statement on Weibo, a Chinese social media website; James Harden, a basketball player for the Rockets, apologized in an on-court interview; and Morey himself released a written apology on Twitter.