Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

China denies that it demanded firing of Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

China denies that it demanded firing of Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

That backfired, and Silver came out with a stronger second statement that backed Morey's right to free speech. "We said there's no chance that's happening".

He added: "There's no chance we'll even discipline him".

The controversy started when Morey, on October 4, tweeted a photo of protesters with the caption, "Fight For Freedom". Meanwhile, China's state broadcaster continues to suspend its broadcast of league games.

The Chinese government, through a spokesperson, denied that it made the request.

That initial statement was followed by another one in which Silver said his league "will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues".

"We would like to give away some "The North Stand With Hong Kong" T-Shirts to the Raptors fans to show the world that we share the same values, and we stand with Hong Kong", the group stated in their Go Fund Me page.

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"We want to use our performance art to show our support for Hong Kong and the National Basketball Association", another spectator, Chen Pokong, 55, told the New York Post. In his post, Tsai wrote that Morey's tweet was "damaging" to Chinese fans.

"I realize there could be some degree of gape from some that we must at all times no longer be in enterprise at all in China and I would yell from an mental standpoint that is supreme", Silver said.

"I felt we had made enormous progress in terms of building cultural exchanges with the Chinese people", Silver mentioned.

LeBron James is in a tough spot but not for his performance or injury issues, the name of the problem is China. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was among those distancing himself from Morey's tweet, and Rockets star James Harden apologized to the Chinese while in the country for a game. That criticism grew louder when James blasted Morey earlier this week, saying his fellow Northeast Ohioan was "either misinformed, not really educated" on the situation when he tweeted and that "there can be a lot of negative" with freedom of speech.

Seconds later, the meat-loving Eric said that students trying to change his lunch "don't realise it harms people financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually".

On Oct. 4, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong - setting off a series of consequences that illuminated the political challenges US companies can face as they navigate doing business in China's growing, lucrative market. Morey's seven-word tweet caused upheaval around the league.

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