NBA Chickens Out, Kisses Up To China
NBA Chickens Out, Kisses Up To China
The NBA just proved that they are run by a load of moral cowards.
While the world watches Hong Kong and the cry for freedom that its citizens are trying to gasp out under the heel of Chinese communism and repression, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted out a simple image that said “Fight For Freedom, Stand With Hong Kong.” That was all.
China saw it. China looked at the NBA, and said, “Wow, what a nice league you have. Be a shame if something happened to those partnerships that China has with the NBA, now, wouldn’t it?”
The National Basketball Association is now China’s most popular sports league and has formed partnerships with some of the country’s biggest tech companies. It also opened NBA retail stores there.”
A Chinese Consulate-General spokesperson in Houston attacked the tweet and “urged” the Rockets to “correct the error.”
“We are deeply shocked by the erroneous comments on Hong Kong made by Mr. Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. We have lodged representations and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Houston Rockets, and urged the latter to correct the error and take immediate concrete measures to eliminate the adverse impact,” the spokesperson said on Sunday.”
The Consulate-General in Houston is an extension of the Chinese diplomatic mission in the United States.”
Morey’s initial tweet also drew condemnation from the Chinese Basketball Association. “The Chinese basketball association has expressed strong opposition to the remarks, and will suspend communication and cooperation with the Houston Rockets club,” the organization said on Sunday on its Twitter-like Weibo account, per a CNBC translation.”
And the NBA leadership, being cowardly little shits, made Morey delete his tweet, and issue an apology on Twitter.
2/ 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 or misunderstanding them was not my intention. My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) October 7, 2019
The NBA issued their own statement as well.
NEW: the NBA has released a statement on Daryl Morey: pic.twitter.com/FOI79W31b1
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) October 7, 2019
But here’s where it gets worse. The NBA gave out TWO DIFFERENT STATEMENTS. One in English. One in Chinese. Guess what? They don’t say the same thing! Are you shocked yet?
The NBA's original statement:
Recognize that [Morey's views] have deeply offended many in China, which is regrettable.
Translation it posted on Chinese social media:
Extremely disappointed in Morey's inappropriate statement. No doubt he's severely hurt the feelings of CN fans. pic.twitter.com/pi5PdQq3q9
— Yiqin Fu (@yiqinfu) October 7, 2019
This level of craven gutlessness has actually produced a level of pretty stunning bipartisanship, from both sides of the media, and both sides of the political aisle. With one amazing swoop, the NBA has managed to unify everyone against them, against communist China, and expressing their support for a free Hong Kong.
Let’s remember that the NBA was all about being “woke” when they let their players wear “Enough” T-shirts after a mass shooting, or saying they wanted to stop using the word “owner” because it sounded so slave-owner-ish. This is just another slide into politically correct hot garbage that just happened to finally get everyone’s attention, and created a massive amount of unified scorn for the NBA. It’s actually amazingly heartening to see that level of unity against something that all sides are rightly calling out as beyond shameful.
So, congratulations, NBA. You might have saved your precious access and profit in China, but you also have made a whole lot of your fanbase on both right and left absolutely furious in the United States with your chickenshit actions. Well done. Hope it was worth it.
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