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Nets owner Joe Tsai pens lengthy letter in response to Rockets’ Daryl Morey controversy


Daryl Morey is currently embroiled in hot water after the Houston Rockets GM voiced his support for the Hong Kong protesters. This time, an NBA owner lashed out at Morey. Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai penned a lengthy letter on his Facebook page about the GM’s support for the Hong Kong protesters. The Alibaba co-founder was rather fiery in his lengthy statement.

It was a long and detailed statement explaining contemporary Chinese history. It was a retort to the Hong Kong movement, labeling them as separatists.

On Tsai’s post and his Twitter page, fans thanked him for giving them information about the situation. Other Chinese on the platform thanked him for voicing their side of the story.

However, individuals also took note that Tsai’s letter failed to mention several important details. China’s troubled history with Tibet and Taiwan was specifically left out, and those same people lambasted the Nets owner back for it.

Morey has since apologized for his problematic tweet as the Rockets are the most popular NBA team in China. CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn detailed the GM’s public apology:

I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.

I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention. My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.

However, it’s unlikely that this will be over. Chinese fans are trying to ban the Rockets from China, and the association is doing everything it can to keep its biggest cash cow.