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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He might be one of the biggest NBA stars around. But on Saturday, Australian athlete Ben Simmons switched codes - for the afternoon at least. The 23-year-old cut a casual figure and put on an animated display as he watched an AFL game in his hometown of Melbourne, watching the match between Essendon and Port Adelaide. Switching codes! NBA star Ben Simmons put on an animated display as he watched an AFL game between Essendon and Port Adelaide in his hometown of Melbourne on Saturday Team goals! At one point, Ben appeared elated and jumped for joy in the corporate box - along with several of his mates - when his team no doubt scored a goal Ben donned a red Nike sweater, which was emblazoned with the brand's trademark tick. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Showing his support! Kendall Jenner's ex Ben Simmons cuts a... Fashion forward! NBA star Ben Simmons steps out of his... Ben Simmons cuts a handsome figure in plaid at Sports... … [Read more...] about Switching codes! NBA star Ben Simmons puts on an animated display as he watches an AFL game between Essendon and Port Adelaide in his hometown of Melbourne
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
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’
The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued. A day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry told reporters that no such demand was made by the government there. That becomes the latest chapter in the now two-week-old saga over Morey’s tweet that was quickly deleted but has led to considerable damage to the long relationship between the NBA and China. “I felt we had made enormous progress in terms of building cultural exchanges with the Chinese people,” Silver said Thursday during an appearance at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York. “Again, I have regret that much of that was lost. And I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here.” That future seems even murkier now. During that same appearance, … [Read more...] about China denies it demanded NBA fire Daryl Morey over Hong Kong tweet