Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Shanghai Sports Federation says National Basketball Association fan event in city cancelled

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a welcome reception for the NBA Japan Games 2019 between the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets in Tokyo Japan Monday Oct. 7 2019 Yao Ming ‘extremely hot’ over NBA’s China crisis, says Silver
Emmett Howard | 09 October, 2019, 19:39

"So when a few of them see a foreigner use "freedom of expression" to justify the statement that seriously harmed their feelings, they decided to make disrespectful comments as well in the name of "freedom of expression'".

Recent protests against Japan - except when sanctioned by the Chinese government - have fizzled.

Facing boycott threats this summer, Western fashion brands apologized for T-shirts that suggested that Taiwan and Hong Kong were independent countries rather than territories that are part of China.

At first, the Association apologized, had Morey do the same and seemed to capitulate to China.

Corporate China immediately moved to condemn the Rockets' manager, entirely predictable given the politically embedded nature of doing business there. Chinese companies began abandoning the Rockets and TV networks said they would not show Rockets games in China. But Daryl Morey's seven-word tweet "Fight For Freedom Stand With Hong Kong" puts the league's progressive image to its sternest test. "Double-faced Daryl Morey must apologise". Geng said. "NBA's cooperation with China has been going on for quite a long time, so for what should be said and what should be done, they know best".

After the tweet, the Chinese government said the Chinese people were deeply offended and ramifications for the league - and the Rockets - came quickly. "It is inevitable that people around the world - including from America and China - will have different viewpoints over different issues". Hong Kong police and armed pro-China mobs have injured dozens of protesters, prominently including a young woman blinded by a close-range bean bag round police shot into her face.

Since Morey's tweet, The NBA, the Rockets, and even star James Harden have been attempting to subdue the situation as Chinese groups expressed their dismay. "I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives". You don't see much political sloganeering in the stands at American spectator sports, partly because most fans leave that behind when they're in game mode but partly because the teams recognize it's bad for business. This belief could likely harm relationships with sponsors in the U.S. Tencent Sports has also announced that all live-streaming and news reporting of the Rockets would be suspended.

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However, Chinese officials won't be forgetting the deleted Tween anytime soon.

Regardless, the newspaper story's timing was telling; City was just concluding its visit to Shanghai ahead of the team's next destination, a match in Hong Kong.

In early 2018, he was fined £20,000 by the English Football Association (EFA) for wearing a yellow ribbon during a match - the EFA charged the Catalan for "wearing a political message" on his clothing.

This surely was the premise of edgy reporting coming out of Beijing.

They weren't alone. Politicians as diverse as Beto O'Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz voiced their support for Morey, while simultaneously denouncing the National Basketball Association.

Morey's tweets and Guardiola's ribbons cease to be the public embodiment of personal values, principles and morals.

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