The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to deny the NBA economic agreements in China, following statements by Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong’s claims to freedom.
In an attempt to appease the regime, the NBA announced the appointment of a Chinese citizen as CEO of its company in China but it was not enough, as published by the official media Global Times on May 12.
“If it wants to win its way back to the Chinese mainland market, it should properly handle Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey—who tweeted in support of Hong Kong rioters last year,” the media outlet said.
The “properly handle” mentioned seems to refer to Morey’s dismissal, which was precisely what the CCP demanded as punishment after his tweet.
“”We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told TIME on Oct. 17, while sharing about the “substantial losses” caused by the suspension of his activities in China.
Morey’s tweet supporting the protests by Hong Kong citizens demanding respect for their rights by the CCP generated a strong reaction from the CCP.
On that occasion, Lakers star LeBron James also intervened, criticizing Morey and his freedom of expression, saying that it could have “many negative aspects.”
President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. criticized LeBron James for excusing human rights violations perpetrated by the CCP.
“The atrocities of the Chinese regime are fairly well documented, by both Republicans and Democrats,” Trump Jr. reminded him in response to the speech by James.