Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

National Basketball Association lambasted by China media as sponsors cut ties

National Basketball Association lambasted by China media as sponsors cut ties

The letter also called on the league to "reevaluate the NBA's training camp in Xinjiang, where up to a million Chinese citizens are held in concentration camps as part of a massive, government-run campaign of ethno-religious repression".

The Chinese government canceled a Brooklyn Nets event on Tuesday and state broadcaster CCTV said it would no longer air preseason games played in China due to Morey's initial tweet.

"Suppose there were white mobs going around beating up black people in American cities".

U.S. jewellery brand Tiffany and Hong Kong's flagship airline, Cathay Pacific, have also been heavily criticised in China.

However, Chinese officials won't be forgetting the deleted Tween anytime soon.

Days earlier, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests set off an global incident, with almost all of the NBA's Chinese sponsors opting to suspend business ties to the league.

Those two were picked out because they have gone into great detail about not liking Donald Trump and calling out his bad behavior, so folks wondered would the two head coaches call out China and their mistreatment of the people of Hong Kong when the league they work for has money tied into it.

Early this week, Commissioner Adam Silver, in Tokyo for the Rockets preseason games with the Raptors, defended the league's policy and Morey without supporting his words or exactly apologizing either.

Following the signs being taken away, Wachs stood up and yelled "Free Hong Kong" during the second quarter.

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"At last evening's game, following multiple complaints from guests and verbal confrontations with others in attendance, two individuals were warned by Wells Fargo Center staff about their continuing disruption of the fan experience". Indeed, it's enough to make one want to use the Wells Fargo Center's new Rage Room.

The controversy began Saturday, when Morey tweeted an image in apparent support of the Hong Kong protest movement.

Adam Silver claims the National Basketball Association supports free speech, but actions speak louder than words.

"Imagine that. Can you imagine a black person in the United States [saying] 'I may look black, but I'm not really black?'" he asked rhetorically, before using black people as another "what if" scenario with his dishes example. As a result, evidence that Sixers star Ben Simmons has finally learned how to shoot was overshadowed by the NBA's latest effort to curry favor with China's oppressive regime.

"I'm patriotic of course". The NBA said the cancellation off the Lakers event, which was supposed to benefit the Special Olympics, was not its decision.

Though Morey quickly deleted his tweet and the National Basketball Association issued a statement calling it "regrettable" that his statement had "deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China", Beijing was not satisfied with the response.

The NBA is not the first major corporation to deal with criticism from China over political differences.

The NBA postponed the teams' media sessions in Shanghai ahead of the game.

"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".

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