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The NBA's China Controversy
Oct 8, 2019 at 12:44 AM

The Quick Facts

  • 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.

Food For Thought

Was Daryl Morey's tweet justified? What are the implications of China's backlash and the NBA's response?

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