After years of taking heat for voicing their opinions on political and social issues, NBA players and coaches have found themselves this week being attacked for the exact opposite. With a cold war brewing between the NBA and China over a tweet made, and subsequently deleted, by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protestors in Hong Kong, the league’s biggest names have mostly responded with a very loud silence. That in and itself has drawn criticism in the US, even while it has seemingly done nothing to appease China itself. Indeed, the Rockets are facing a boycott in China, and sponsorships and broadcasting deals for the whole league are under threat. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has attempted to placate everybody by expressing regret for Morey’s statements while reaffirming his employees’ rights to free speech. Unfortunately, he has been trying to find middle ground unaware that there is none. As a result, voices from both the left and right … [Read more...] about Are NBA stars and coaches hypocrites for not speaking out on China?
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The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in a high-profile case. Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first degree murder in a hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced her to 30 years in prison. Coffee said Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole once she served 30% of her sentence, which would be around nine years. Sherra Wright had been scheduled to face a jury in a September trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of her ex-husband. His body was found riddled with gunshot wounds in a field in suburban Memphis in July 2010. He had been missing for 10 days before his body was found. During the hearing, Sherra Wright answered questions from the judge in a soft voice. She said she has been taking medication for anxiety and depression. Lorenzen Wright’s family … [Read more...] about Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright pleads guilty in killing of former NBA star
The NBA has scrapped journalists' access to players who are preparing for a preseason game in China near the border of Hong Kong. The league cancelled all remaining press events ahead of the second of two preseason exhibitions between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets, citing 'complicated and unprecedented' controversy over free speech and anti-government unrest. The move came after a Rockets PR staffer cut off a CNN reporter asking All-Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook about the ongoing friction in a press conference in Japan. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena yesterday Fans of LeBron James pose for pictures with the Chinese national flags near security personnel before the NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Apple CEO Tim … [Read more...] about NBA blocks media from interviewing players preparing for the second preseason game in China after CNN reporter got shut down for asking Houston Rockets stars about their views on free speech
During a closed-door meeting in China last week, LeBron James pressed NBA commissioner Adam Silver on whether or not he would punish Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for his controversial support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. According to ESPN, James believed that a player would have been punished severely for instigating an international dispute between the league and the world's largest consumer market, as Morey did when he tweeted out his support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong last week. Silver reportedly pushed back, reminding James that the NBA did not punish any players, such as himself, who publicly criticized President Donald Trump. During a closed-door meeting in China last week, LeBron James pressed NBA commissioner Adam Silver on whether or not he would punish Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for his controversial support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly pushed back, … [Read more...] about REVEALED: Lebron James ‘grilled NBA boss Adam Silver during closed-door meeting on possible punishments for Rockets GM over Hong Kong tweet’ – and now the Lakers star is being accused by Ted Cruz of ’embracing Chinese government propaganda’
Chinese internet giant Tencent has quietly resumed broadcasts of NBA games less than a week after blacklisting the US basketball association due to disagreement over freedom of speech. Tensions arose between China and the NBA last week after the general manager of Houston Rockets showed his support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong and then the boss of the American basketball league promised to protect his employees' right to free speech. Tencent - which owns the exclusive digital streaming rights for the NBA in China - last Tuesday announced to stop airing the league's exhibition games to express its dissatisfaction towards the NBA. But Chinese fans were surprised to discover the popular online broadcaster yesterday showed two preseason games live - without formally announcing the resumption of the service. Anti-NBA sentiment erupted in China last week after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showed support for pro-democracy protests. Two previously scheduled … [Read more...] about China’s internet giant Tencent quietly resumes broadcasts of NBA games despite blacklisting the US basketball association just a week ago because its boss supports freedom of speech