Rockets GM's Tweet Angers China

Headline Roundup October 7th, 2019

Houston Rockets' General Manager Daryl Morey of the National Basketball Association (NBA) quickly deleted a tweet showing his support for the Hong Kong protesters. The tweet and subsequent deletion angered virtually everyone; with Chinese nationals expressing anger and condemnation of the Houston Rockets and the NBA, while supporters of Hong Kong remain appalled at Morey's retraction. Morey then issued an apology to Chinese NBA fans and sponsors.

The media has reported similarly with the exception of some left-leaning outlets, who castigated Morey's deletion and supposed failure to used his platform for good. Some right-leaning voices were outwardly critical of the NBA's hesitance to call out oppression in China, supposedly to avoid irking the league's Chinese fan base.

Rockets GM's Tweet Angers China

From the Center
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing international 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.

Morey apologized on Twitter over a now-deleted tweet that spoke in support of the Hong Kong protests, after his remarks were attacked by the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston and the Chinese Basketball Association.

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From the Left
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The NBA finds itself caught between two cultures after a tweet about Hong Kong protests sparked criticism from China that threatens the U.S. basketball league’s expansion efforts in its most important international market.

The controversy erupted after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, one of the most popular U.S. basketball teams in China, appeared to support Hong Kong demonstrators in a tweet late Friday. While the message was deleted and both Morey and the National Basketball Association tried to distance themselves from it, the damage reverberated across both...

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From the Right
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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. That followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA's major business partners there, lashing out over Morey's original tweet.

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