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Sport Adam Silver defends LeBron James, other NBA players on China response: 'I'm very sympathetic'

19:41  21 october  2019
19:41  21 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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  NBA Says It Won't Regulate What Employees Say, as China Fallout Intensifies NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed criticism that his response to a controversy over a tweet by a team executive deferred too much to Beijing’s views, even as a Chinese State broadcaster said it wouldn’t air two games scheduled for this week. © thomas peter/ReutersMr. Silver was addressing the controversy over a momentary show of support for Hong Kong antigovernment protesters by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in a tweet Friday. Mr. Silver said the league’s initial statement about China left people angered and confused, in a nod to criticism that it deferred too much to Beijing’s views.

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It’s been a difficult month for the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver, who has been dealing with the never-ending fallout from the NBA’s China situation. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s now-deleted tweet supporting democracy in Hong Kong has had far reaching effects, with both the NBA’s bottom line and LeBron James’ image taking a hit.

Adam Silver wearing a suit and tie: Adam Silver defended LeBron James after he was criticized for his response to Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)© Provided by Oath Inc. Adam Silver defended LeBron James after he was criticized for his response to Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

James’ response to Morey’s tweet wasn’t well received, with him toeing the NBA line and calling it “misinformed,” and later clarifying that he was upset by the timing of Morey’s tweet. But in an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday morning, Silver defended James’ response, as well as the decision many players have made to stay silent on the issue. Via Bleacher Report:

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"I think that these players, I mean, take LeBron who has an incredible track record of doing things that have changed people's lives in the United States to be asked to comment on a difficult foreign issue is, I think, again there's free expression and he should say how he feels. But, freedom of speech also means the freedom not to speak. And I've often said to players about issues here at home: If it's something you don't know about and you don't feel comfortable responding, that's okay as well. So, it's been no-win for a lot of those players, so I'm very sympathetic."

Silver’s right in that this is a no-win for the players. Those who stay quiet are criticized for doing so, and those who don’t are criticized for either toeing the NBA line or commenting on a complex international situation. Players have been thrust into the middle of a kerfuffle they didn’t ask for, one that has immense financial ramifications for the NBA and them by extension. James and other players had appearances cancelled in China over Morey’s tweet, and lost out on endorsements geared toward the Chinese market.

Report: LeBron James asked Adam Silver for explanation over NBA's handling of China issue

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LeBron James also held a players -only meeting with the Lakers and Nets, where they addressed their worries over having to address the media's questions on the controversy between the NBA and China . Irving added on Friday night that the Nets discussed in China whether or not to play their exhibition

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Even though the regular season begins on Tuesday, the NBA-China controversy doesn’t seem like it’s going to die down anytime soon. Over the weekend, Chinese state television issued a warning to Silver that he could face “retribution” for defending Morey and defaming China. Last week, Silver revealed that China had demanded that Morey be fired, which Silver would not do. In fact, he said that Morey wouldn’t even be fined for his tweet.

"This has been a very difficult moment between the NBA and China," Silver said on ESPN. "My belief is ... we will get back on track. People need to step back. Everybody has made their points. There is no secret here about what's going on in China. ... Basketball diplomacy and engagement is positive. That's what we're turning back to."

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Chinese state media promises “retribution” for Adam Silver in the wake of Daryl Morey support .
The NBA’s ongoing issues with the Chinese government in the wake of Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet aren’t going to go away any time soon. Silver this week offered a somewhat more full-throated support for Morey’s right to free expression, confirming Morey won’t face any discipline. That declaration came along with public acknowledgement that the Read more The post Chinese state media promises “retribution” for Adam Silver in the wake of Daryl Morey support appeared first on Awful Announcing.

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