Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey launched a tweet bomb that could be felt half way around the world.
Unfortunately, it was his tweet backing the freedom-fighting pro-American people of Hong Kong which is now being used against him.
It’s almost difficult to fathom but a show of pro-democracy support for the people of Hong Kong has now put Morey in the line of fire.
Morey quickly deleted the tweet, and according to The Ringer, Rockets ownership contemplated firing the GM because the team and the league’s business partnership with the Communist dictatorship government is much more vital than actually standing up for pro-American democracy.
in the wake of Morey’s tweet, the NBA issued a complete atrocity of an apology.
If the NBA actually possessed any true moral standing, then their statement would have supported Morey’s tweet and how it is representative of the Rockets and the NBA, because it’s the same foundation of freedom and liberty of those in Hong Kong who are fighting for those very same principles that our country is built on.
Over the past few days, politicians on both sides of the aisle are taking a strong exception to the NBA’s pro-China stance.
China is using its economic power to silence critics—even those in the U.S.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 7, 2019
The United States must lead with our values and speak out for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, and not allow American citizens to be bullied by an authoritarian government. https://t.co/87U4jgsAAp
Chinese government, as you would expect under any Communist regime, has such a stranglehold over the country’s media that they’re cancelling broadcasts of NBA preseason games in lieu of Morey’s tweet.
The problem is that tweets don’t generate revenue for the league, and Hong Kong isn’t lining the wallets and bank accounts of NBA executives like China is.
Keep in mind this farce of a league led by Adam Silver, in all his absurd wokeness, decided to take a nonsensical stance by eliminating the word “owner” from team ownership and replacing it with “governor” because it was culturally and racially insensitive.
Oh, and let us not forget they also pulled an All-Star Game out of Charlotte in 2017 because of North Carolina’s anti-transgender bathroom bill. Someone should ask Silver to defend China’s position on LGBTQ rights.
Apparently, mere words in the eyes of the NBA have a more profound affect than the human rights violations from one of the more world’s most repressive governments.
For those who are completely oblivious to the origins of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, it all started this summer in protest of an extradition bill that – if passed – would force people in Hong Kong to face trial in China.
The extradition bill was considered dead in September, but growing tensions continue to persist as police and authorities have arrested nearly 2,000 people including a 12-year-old and more than a 1,000 people have been treated at area hospitals.
But this is merely how Communist, authoritarian fascist governments operate. Just last week China celebrated 70 years of Communist rule to which President Trump inappropriately praised.
Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
Whether it’s the American government or the NBA, China should not be viewed as a geopolitical or economic ally.
They a deep, dark-seeded history they would like to keep undisclosed from the rest of the world that the LA Times reported in depth on the 70-year anniversary.
More recently, in a story published in August of 2018, the website Slate asked how is it conceivable that the NBA has quietly done business in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, a place where Chinese authorities are holding roughly a million Muslims in concentration camps?
According to that published report in 2016, the NBA set up one of its three training centers in Xinjiang – the site of massive race riots in 2009 that left hundreds dead.
A superstar like LeBron James, whose influence far exceeds that of Silver or any NBA owner could come out in support of the Muslim people or those in Hong Kong, but he simply chooses to be more aligned with college athletes getting paid than the fight for global humanity.
Sadly, where NBA front offices are concerned, Daryl Morey is on his own here and quickly apologized for his tweet in disalignment to the business interests of the NBA.
“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine 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.”
The problem for the NBA isn’t that Morey allowed his voice to be heard, but rather, there aren’t enough Daryl Moreys in the league to stand up to what’s principled and morally right.