The NBA is dealing with harsh reaction from its Chinese business partners to a since-deleted tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey related to protests in Hong Kong. He wouldn't answer the question and was shaking.
"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", he wrote Sunday. "I don't know, '" Trump said.
The deepening rift between the National Basketball Association and China took on a political angle in the United States on Wednesday, with a bipartisan group of U.S. Congress members urging the league to suspend business activities in the Asian nation until Chinese industries end a boycott of the National Basketball Association. "I also think that as part of our core values, tolerance is one of those as well".
On Monday, standing with Westbrook after a practice in Tokyo, Harden said: "We apologize".
Curry was singled out in tweets by Trump in 2017 after he had said he would vote no if the team were invited to the White House.
"To the extent that we are upsetting people, I regret that", he said.
The Chinese-owned brands that halted business this week include: smartphone maker Vivo, China's biggest travel website CTrip, dairy products company Mengniu, fast food chain Dicos, skincare brand Wzun, home appliance group Changhong Electric, sportswear giant Anta, China Mobile subsidiary Migu, food and beverage brand Master Kong, auto rental company eHi vehicle Services, home appliance manufacturer Meiling, and financial firm Xiaoying Technology.
By not allowing the players to speak, the Rockets gave a definitive answer to Macfarlane's question. He also brought up Popovich's response, but said "he didn't look quite as scared".
"Yet to our own country they don't, it's like they don't respect it".
Silver said he didn't anticipate the Chinese broadcaster to drop Wednesday's coverage. "Isn't it sad?' To me, it's very sad".
Curry said he wasn't sure how this situation would affect his future plans, as he has traveled to China for the past six years. At this point, many would say Morey should just "stick to basketball" which is fair to say, but with the platform basketball presents, it's hard to blame Morey for using it to voice views on social issues. So, I try to keep my comments to those things. Two NBA Cares events were canceled as well as pregame press conferences.
According to a Wizards spokesperson, no protesters were asked to leave the arena Wednesday night.
While it could have been the Rockets' load to carry, he expressed that Silver's remarks have ensured the "NBA is going to bite the dust as well" in China.
Silver added: "This is about far more than growing our business".
"We're strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver's claim to support Morey's right to freedom of expression".
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