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Sports Chinese government denies calling for Morey's firing

18:46  18 october  2019
18:46  18 october  2019 Source:   thescore.com

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

  The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game If you were to work backwards, you’d find it pretty difficult to understand what exactly Daryl Morey said, and who exactly was so offended by it. Start with the latest communique, from billionaire Taiwanese-Canadian Nets owner Joe Tsai, which provides not just a grim history of the Boxer Rebellion and the Massacre of Nanjing, but the implication that Rockets GM Daryl Morey did something so offensive that all 1.

Chinese officials wanted Morey fired , a spokesman for China ’ s foreign ministry told reporters that no such demand was made by the government there. That future seems even murkier now. During that same appearance, Silver revealed that the Chinese government told the NBA it wanted Morey fired .

China is refuting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver' s claim that it demanded the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey . During an appearance in New York on Thursday, Silver said the NBA was “being asked to fire ( Morey ) by the Chinese government , by the parties we dealt with

Daryl Morey wearing a suit and tie© Bill Baptist / National Basketball Association / Getty

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang refuted Adam Silver's claim that China called for the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Shaung says the "Chinese government never posed this requirement," according to The Associated Press.

The NBA commissioner spoke about the league's tense relations with China at the Time 100 Health Summit on Thursday, detailing the demands from the nation's government and other parties in response to Morey's actions.

NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

  NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech TOKYO — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster cancelled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and NBA champion Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are "apologetic" that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Morey's tweet and comments that followed — but insisted that Morey has the right to freedom o

NBA commissioner says China wanted Rockets executive fired . China ’ s foreign ministry insists no such demand was made. During that same appearance, Silver revealed that the Chinese government told the NBA it wanted Morey fired . “Obviously, we made clear that we were being

China is refuting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver' s claim that it demanded the firing of Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported anti- government protests in Hong Kong.

"We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business," Silver said. "We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him."

The Chinese Basketball Association, with former Rockets star Yao Ming as its president, has cut off relations with the NBA club. Meanwhile, China's state broadcaster continues to suspend its broadcast of league games.

Rockets merchandise has also been pulled from Nike stores in China as the NBA continues to suffer financially from the fallout.

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Pence criticizes NBA, Nike for response to tension with China .
Vice President Mike Pence took aim at the NBA on Thursday, as he accused the league of bending to Chinese demands in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's pro-Hong Kong tweet. "In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime," Pence said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center, according to CNBC's Dan Mangan. "Some of the NBA's"In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime," Pence said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center, according to CNBC's Dan Mangan.

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