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China reportedly asks Daryl Morey to be fired, but NBA Commissioner says "no chance that's happening"
Author: NBC News, Published on: 21 October 2019
“China asked NBA to fire Houston's Morey, commissioner says: We said 'no chance'”, 18 Oct 2019
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said… that the fallout following a tweet from a Houston Rockets official who backed the Hong Kong democracy protests has already cost the league substantial financial losses in China…
The controversy began… after Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the pro-democracy demonstrators in a since-deleted post that included an image captioned: "Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong."
In the aftermath of Morey's tweet, China did not broadcast or stream the two preseason games that were held in the country between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets while the NBA canceled many player appearances.
Corporate partners in the country have also scrapped or suspended relations with the league…
"Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak," Silver said in his first public appearance since returning from his recent trip to Asia.
Silver also said the Chinese government has asked that Morey, who was named the NBA's executive of the year in 2018, be fired for the tweet.
"We said there's no chance that's happening," said Silver, who has previously stated the league would not apologize for Morey expressing his freedom of expression. "There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him."
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denied that Beijing made such a demand against Morey, however.
"We especially went to the relevant departments to check on this claim," Geng told reporters during the ministry's daily briefing in the Chinese capital… "The Chinese government has never made this kind of request."
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