Author: Harley Kock

The NBA should cut ties with the China

Adam Silver ruined his original response to the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet on Hong Kong

By Harley Kock

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has since deleted his infamous tweet supporting Hong Kong democracy protests

The thing about the NBA and China situation is that it’s not a basketball issue. It never has been and never will be. The problem is sports writers and sports TV analysts are commenting on a situation that they have little to no knowledge of.

China is a Dictatorship.

In China you can’t just say what you feel with no personal threat. If you criticize people in power you will not only be arrested but you could find yourself not waking up in the morning.

This is a real issue. A political issue. A grand scale world issue.

This is not a game. The NBA needs to get out while it can. Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey gave them the excuse they need after showing support for Democratic protests.

If you want more information about the protests there are several different articles focusing on China. They go more in depth into the political side then I will here.

The President of the United States, who seems rather hated by most of the NBA, actually made a good point, but went about it in a petty way.

Surprising I know. 

We should be holding people accountable for where and how they make their money. Sure, we can’t all be politically motivated and up on every world issue.

But…

It’s the NBA’s second biggest market.

LeBron James is the face of the NBA and has a lifetime deal with Nike. So it was no surprise when he pushed back against Daryl Morey.

Morey’s original tweet was a picture that read, “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”

Adam Silver’s first response backing Morey’s freedom of speech was the correct one, but China’s response was a clear threat.

“We’re strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right to freedom of expression,” the CCTV said in a statement to the media. “We believe that any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech.” (The CCTV is China’s main news agency, controlled by the government) 

This prompted both Silver and Morey to back down.

In China you cannot just go on google and search the internet like we can.

It’s blocked.

Even as Canadians in China we only have access to the full scope of what is happening in the world at our own embassy.

It’s suppressed everywhere else.

There are Canadians being held in China and it has become a talking point as our election draws closer.

The NBA is profiting off of the massive amount of money China has. 

Morey gave light to an issue that not alot of people in the NBA world are well informed on. Yes, sports help bring people together, but at some point you need to make a stand. 

Would the NBA lose money? Yes, of course they would and that’s why they will try to bury this story as fast as possible. Several guys have already apologized, like the Houston Rockets Superstar James Harden.

It’s because of money. Harden appreciates the support China shows him because he doesn’t want to lose money and is afraid to give any opinion one way or the other.

The NBA wants to be a global sport and has become one. But…

They backed down to political pressure. Proving once again that it’s money over anything.