Skip to comments.NBA commissioner seeks to shift message on China with new statement
Posted on 10/08/2019 10:39:46 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a new statement Tuesday as the sports league battled accusations from lawmakers in both parties that it had bowed to pressure from China in expressing regret over an executive's tweet of support for demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Silver said he recognized that the league's initial statement had left people "angered, confused or unclear on who we are or what the NBA stands for," and then insisted it would continue to offer support for free expression by players and executives.
At the same time, Silver made it clear the NBA would not be taking sides in the political dispute over civil rights in Hong Kong.
"It is inevitable that people around the world including from America and China will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences," Silver said in the statement.
"However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way."
The NBA found itself at the center of controversy after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Morey's tweet said "Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."
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“not taking sides” in the contest of liberty versus tyranny.
China replies ‘censor your players and management’!
Cancels pre-season telecasts and blocks access to NBA Paraphernalia.
Wonderful to watch SJW’s step on their peckers, isn’t it?
The NBA is trying to out do the America hating communist loving NFL!!!
Why do people watch these fools in the first place??
In favor of liberty? Harsh against Communism?
What next, supporting the American way of life?
Not a chance.
Just keep the millions coming in, though. That kind of capitalism feels good.
Quit digging dumbass. Then again I can count on one finger how much I care about the nba.
I wonder how many people on this website would be OK if the GM of Real Madrid or Manchester United posted a Twitter message in support of Black Lives Matter.
FU Silver, Chi-com cuck.
But, it was the league's role with transgender restroom laws.
You mean like, if there was any similarity between the two situations?
The T's in LGBT going to bathroom damn right the NBA will take sides. China putting Uyghurs in concentration camps, committing cultural genocide against Tibet and Xinjiang, etc, NBA is fine ignoring as long as those Yuan keep rolling in.
But kneeling during the American National Anthem is still AOK.
Knock it off, Gollum. Just fly to Communist China with your staff and give Xi & his henchman the Lewinskys you’ve been promising.
Oh, and after, watch PDJT and South Park’s “Band in China” episode to learn how real Americans respond to threats from tyrants. (Although Comedy Central did cave to the Muzzies with the Mohammed episode.)
Haha. Too late. Everyone knows where they stand now. Can’t unring that bell!
And to all here who don’t understand or hate Twitter, this is one example of its benefit. It’s raw and unedited, before PR people can fix it up. It exposes people. Gets them on the record. Also one of the greatest things about President Trump. He has caused so many to reveal themselves.
Literally nobody would notice or care. Are those rugby, soccer or cricket teams?
The Chinese have helped to harm and kill more Americans post WWII than any other country yet we have always looked the other way toward them. All that matters is money.
Shut up and play basketball.
bring the teams home. I’m sure they can find places to play the pre-season.
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