[7th Reuters]-US professional basketball (NBA), Houston Rockets general manager (GM) posted content to support Twitter demonstrations in Hong Kong, but NBA has moved away There is a voice from lawmakers that strongly accuses the NBA.
Rockets Daryl Morley GM apologized for posting on the 7th. Posts were quickly removed, but there were a series of accusations from Chinese fans and corporate partners.
The NBA has announced a statement that it is regretted, recognizing that Morley GM's view "has deeply harmed the feelings of many Chinese friends and fans." “We have a great respect for China's history and culture, and hope that sports and the NBA will be intercultural bridges and unite people.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) said on Twitter: “As a lifetime fan of Houston Rockets, we were proud that Morley GM voiced the oppressive response of the Chinese Communist Party to demonstrators in Hong Kong. "But shamefully, the NBA is pulling down for money."
Democratic Congressman Tom Marinowski (New Jersey) is also on Twitter, pointing out that China is censoring the remarks of Americans in the United States, with economic power as a shield. "The NBA doesn't regard the players and officials criticizing the US government as a problem, and that's the right response. But this time I apologize for criticizing the Chinese government. It's shameful and unbearable. "
Republican Senator Josh Horley (Missouri) mentioned suspected human rights violations in China, including the detention of Muslim minority Uyghurs. "The Chinese government has detained 1 million people in camps and is relentlessly trying to repress Hong Kong demonstrators. Despite this, the NBA says it is a bridge between different cultures."