Yes, that headline is obvious to even the tertiary of sports fans, but it bears repeating. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed support for the oppressed people of Hong Kong this weekend, and you’ll never guess the reaction of the NBA brass.
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri thrashed the NBA Monday afternoon for the league’s reaction after the Houston Rocket’s general manager, Daryl Morey, expressed support for Hong Kong activists.
Hawley criticized the league for not standing up for employees who pushed back against what the Republican thinks is Chinese aggression. His response comes following the NBA issuing several apologies to China after Morey asked his Twitter followers to stand with Hong Kong.
“I write today to express my disgust about the position of the National Basketball Association (NBA) with respect to Hong Kong and the freedom of the Chinese people,” the Missouri Republican wrote in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Morey’s Friday night tweet cheering on Hong Kong activists who are protesting the Chinese government created a fire-storm. He asked his Twitter followers to “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The missive angered league officials.
The NBA played a game in China this weekend, and Mr. Morey was forced to apologize to the communist regime whose boots are currently on the necks of Hong Kong citizens. Apparently the NBA couldn’t care less if the Hong Kong people were systematically murdered.