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    NBA shameful statement on Hong Kong Protests

    BEIJING — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he did not intend to offend any of the team’s Chinese fans or sponsors.

    A short time after Morey posted that statement, the NBA said it was “regrettable” that the deleted tweet offended many in China. And all that followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, lashing out over Morey’s original tweet.

    NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said the league recognizes that Morey’s tweet “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” Bass added that the league supports individuals “sharing their views on matters important to them.”

    “We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together,” Bass said.
    China angered by pro-democracy tweet by Houston Rockets’ GM - MarketWatch

    Ted Cruz hit it out of the park with his tweet:

    As a lifelong
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    @dmorey
    call out the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive treatment of protestors in Hong Kong.

    Now, in pursuit of big $$, the
    @nba
    is shamefully retreating.
    Ted Cruz on Twitter: "As a lifelong @HoustonRockets fan, I was proud to see @dmorey call out the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive treatment of protestors in Hong Kong.

    Now, in pursuit of big $$, the @nba is shamefully retreating.… https://t.co/wgNEd03pGD"


    Maybe just maybe the NBA shouldn't be doing so much business with a communist country that has such a horrible record with human rights.
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    None of us should. But, we do. What do we not buy from China these days?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The fact that China is now economically capitalist in no way contradicts its status as a communist country.

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    Great post by the Brooklyn Nets owner:

    Open letter to all NBA fans:

    When I bought controlling interest in the Brooklyn Nets in September, I didn’t expect my first public communication with our fans would be to comment on something as politically charged and grossly misunderstood as the way hundreds of millions of Chinese NBA fans feel about what just happened.

    By now you have heard that Chinese fans have reacted extremely negatively to a tweet put out by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey in support of protests in Hong Kong.

    The Rockets, who by far had been the favorite team in China, are now effectively shut out of the Chinese market as fans abandon their love for the team, broadcasters refuse to air their games and Chinese corporates pull sponsorships in droves.

    Fans in China are calling for an explanation – if they are not getting it from the Houston Rockets, then it is natural that they ask others associated with the NBA to express a view.

    The NBA is a fan-first league. When hundreds of millions of fans are furious over an issue, the league, and anyone associated with the NBA, will have to pay attention. As a Governor of one of the 30 NBA teams, and a Chinese having spent a good part of my professional life in China, I need to speak up.

    What is the problem with people freely expressing their opinion? This freedom is an inherent American value and the NBA has been very progressive in allowing players and other constituents a platform to speak out on issues.

    The problem is, there are certain topics that are third-rail issues in certain countries, societies and communities.

    Supporting a separatist movement in a Chinese territory is one of those third-rail issues, not only for the Chinese government, but also for all citizens in China.

    The one thing that is terribly misunderstood, and often ignored, by the western press and those critical of China is that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens stand united when it comes to the territorial integrity of China and the country’s sovereignty over her homeland. This issue is non-negotiable.

    A bit of historical perspective is important. In the mid-19thcentury, China fought two Opium Wars with the British, aided by the French, who forced through illegal trade of opium to China. A very weak Qing Dynasty government lost the wars and the result was the ceding of Hong Kong to the British as a colony.

    The invasion of Chinese territories by foreign forces continued against a weak and defenseless Qing government, which precipitated in the Boxer Rebellion by Chinese peasants at the turn of the 20th century. In response, the Eight Nations Alliance – comprised of Japan, Russia, Britain, France, United States, Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary – dispatched their forces to occupy Chinese territories in the name of humanitarian intervention. The foreign forces marched into the Chinese capital Peking (now called Beijing), defeated the peasant rebels and proceeded to loot and pillage the capital city.

    In 1937, Japan invaded China by capturing Beijing, Shanghai and the then-Chinese capital Nanjing. Imperial Japanese troops committed mass murder and rape against the residents of Nanjing, resulting in several hundred thousand civilian deaths. The war of resistance by the Chinese against Japan ended after tens of millions of Chinese casualties, and only after America joined the war against Japan post-Pearl Harbor.

    I am going into all of this because a student of history will understand that the Chinese psyche has heavy baggage when it comes to any threat, foreign or domestic, to carve up Chinese territories.

    When the topic of any separatist movement comes up, Chinese people feel a strong sense of shame and anger because of this history of foreign occupation.

    By now I hope you can begin to understand why the Daryl Morey tweet is so damaging to the relationship with our fans in China. I don’t know Daryl personally. I am sure he’s a fine NBA general manager, and I will take at face value his subsequent apology that he was not as well informed as he should have been. But the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.

    I hope to help the League to move on from this incident. I will continue to be an outspoken NBA Governor on issues that are important to China. I ask that our Chinese fans keep the faith in what the NBA and basketball can do to unite people from all over the world.

    Sincerely,
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    Re: NBA shameful statement on Hong Kong Protests

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The fact that China is now economically capitalist in no way contradicts its status as a communist country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky View Post

    Maybe just maybe the NBA shouldn't be doing so much business with a communist country that has such a horrible record with human rights.


    When it comes to money, most people (and organizations) cave.

    Yes, it is disgusting how many people (and organizations) are so eager to kiss the boots of the Beijing tyrants that they will do and say anything.

    But that is just how the cookie crumbles.

    No one is actually astonished by the cowardice of most people (and organizations).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    When it comes to money, most people (and organizations) cave.

    Yes, it is disgusting how many people (and organizations) are so eager to kiss the boots of the Beijing tyrants that they will do and say anything.

    But that is just how the cookie crumbles.

    No one is actually astonished by the cowardice of most people (and organizations).
    What is so pathetic is coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have no trouble talking about how bad President Trump is but stay silent on the Chinese government.

    No problem talking about black lives matter, second amendment gun rights etc..

    No words on civil liberties and rights in China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky View Post
    What is so pathetic is coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have no trouble talking about how bad President Trump is but stay silent on the Chinese government.

    No problem talking about black lives matter, second amendment gun rights etc..

    No words on civil liberties and rights in China.



    Everyone kowtows to the Chinese.

    Everyone salivates at the prospect of doing business with potentially 1,000,000,000 customers.

    I am 82 years old.

    I NEVER thought I would live to see China being in the driver's seat.

    When I was a child, everyone felt so sorry for China. It was a poor, corrupt country bullied by its island neighbor and the European powers. During World War II, it was a good guy that everyone was rooting for.


    Today it is a bad guy that everyone fears! Wow! Who would have ever thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    None of us should. But, we do. What do we not buy from China these days?
    Our politicians.
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky View Post
    What is so pathetic is coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have no trouble talking about how bad President Trump is but stay silent on the Chinese government.

    No problem talking about black lives matter, second amendment gun rights etc..

    No words on civil liberties and rights in China.
    And, we also have Trump Dick Suckers whining about how bad China is. Strange world, no?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The fact that China is now economically capitalist in no way contradicts its status as a communist country.

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    This is going to become huge. Reports are out that the NBA is tossing people out of stadiums for starting “Free Hong Kong” chants.

    Not a good look.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The fact that China is now economically capitalist in no way contradicts its status as a communist country.

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