Castro added that america "must lead with our values and speak out for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and not allow American citizens to be bullied by an authoritarian government".
The backlash from China followed quickly.
China's consulate in Houston also issued a statement saying it "made stern representations to the Rockets and requested them to clarify, to immediately correct any mistakes, and to eliminate any negative influences".
The NBA launched NBA China to handle its operations within the nation in 2008. Hupu, a sports news website, has likewise suspended all coverage of the Rockets and locked the section of its website previously dedicated to the team. Tencent is the NBA's exclusive digital partner in China.
He pointed to China's suffering in the 19th and 20th centuries at the hands of foreign powers, saying they bullied China into ceding territory and signing exploitative treaties, and - in the case of imperial Japan - brutally invaded the country.
Amick has a long history of accurate scoops involving the Rockets, including his report from May regarding Houston's internal research on questionable officiating from the 2018 Western Conference Finals.
Two companies - sportswear brand Li-Ning and sponsor Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD Bank) Credit Card Center - had said Sunday that they were suspending their cooperation with the Houston team. "We love China, we love playing there", Harden said.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., tweeted that with the Rockets under pressure from China to fire Morey, the ordeal will prove to be a "moment of truth for" the league.
Morey additionally issued an announcement, saying he "did not intend to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends" in China. "I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives", he posted.
Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Rockets, addressed the controversy on Friday night and distanced the team and its shareholders from Morey's statement. "And we appreciate the support they give us individually and as an organization", Harden said during an apology made in Tokyo.
The Rockets, largely because of former player Yao, have an enormous Chinese following.
The NBA is a business trying to make money.
The NBA does not routinely publish how much revenue it generates from China.But NBA China, which it established in 2008 to manage the NBA-related events, was worth more than $4 billion, NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum told Forbes in an interview a year ago. Similar phrasing was used by Mercedes-Benz in February 2018 when it had to apologize for quoting the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are due to play pre-season games in Shanghai and Shenzhen later this week. People's Daily also noted multinational corporations who likewise tested the line on Hong Kong have "paid a heavy price".
"But a league renowned for marketing savvy may be committing an uncharacteristicturnover", he added".
Instead, Silver is emphasizing how "careful" the National Basketball Association must be - careful to protect its bottom line. Some of the harshest responses came from lawmakers who represent, or have represented, Texas. The Nets owner is Joe Tsai, a co-founder of the Chinese retail giant Alibaba.
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