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12:05  18 october  2019
12:05  18 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

Rockets GM Daryl Morey in hot water after Hong Kong tweet

  Rockets GM Daryl Morey in hot water after Hong Kong tweet Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta on Friday scolded general manager Daryl Morey for a tweet Morey posted in support of protesters in Hong Kong. © Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, right, and Ellen Morey arrive at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. “Listen…@darylmorey does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets. Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the @NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization. @ESPN,” Fertitta tweeted.

Morey ' s initial tweet included an image captioned: "Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong ." The furor is the latest example of an overseas brand caught in controversy over the protests, which have plunged Hong Kong into its worst political crisis in decades and pose a major challenge to Beijing.

Morey ’ s post touched off a flurry of backlash on two continents, inviting criticism and sharp scrutiny of the N.B.A.’s business dealings and But the anger didn’t just come from China . The league also came under fire at home for its initial written response that said it was “regrettable” that Morey ’ s tweet

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

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo. When major corporations have angered Chinese authorities in recent years, the playbook calls for one thing: an apology.  The NBA, with billions at stake, has resisted that for now, though some experts wonder if such a move is inevitable. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo. When major corporations have angered Chinese authorities in recent years, the playbook calls for one thing: an apology. The NBA, with billions at stake, has resisted that for now, though some experts wonder if such a move is inevitable. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the "Chinese government never posed this requirement."

Did NBA share two different statements about Daryl Morey's comments in appeal to China?

  Did NBA share two different statements about Daryl Morey's comments in appeal to China? Morey’s original tweet was sent on Friday night and contained a graphic saying he supported those protesting in Hong Kong. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta immediately distanced the team from Morey’s tweet. After a report said Morey’s job status was being discussed, the Rockets GM shared the following statement:“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.

Morey ' s initial tweet included an image captioned: "Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong ." The furor is the latest example of an overseas brand caught in controversy over the protests, which have plunged Hong Kong into its worst political crisis in decades and pose a major challenge to Beijing.

Adam Silver has revealed that Chinese officials asked him to fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over his pro- Hong Kong tweet , which caused an international controversy. "We were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government. … We said there’ s no chance that’ s happening.

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, government and business."

Several Chinese companies, including the Chinese Basketball Association and state broadcaster CCTV, suspended engagement with the NBA after Morey's tweet.

The league and LeBron James, one of its biggest stars, have been heavily criticized by some U.S. lawmakers for the perception that they caved to the Chinese regime.

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