China cancels Nets’ NBA Cares event amid Daryl Morey controversy
In the midst of China’s feud with the Houston Rockets, it turns out that the Chinese government appears to be prepared to engage in an all-out battle against the entire league. Just recently, the government abruptly canceled an NBA Cares event that should have been attended by players of the Brooklyn Nets.
What makes matters worse is the fact that the Nets were already in China, and the the cancellation came with a very short notice. Brian Lewis of the New York Posts sheds some light on the matter:
Just hours before the Nets players were supposed to take part in an NBA Cares event at the New World Experimental School in Shanghai, the event was cancelled by the Chinese government in wake of a swirling controversy touched off by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet regarding the Hong Kong riots, and how the tweet incensed many in mainland China.
The Education Bureau shut down the event — a dedication ceremony for the new NBA Cares Learn and Play Center in Shanghai – with no explanation given to the media.
This issue all started when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey came out with a now-deleted tweet showing his support for Hong Kong amidst the political battle that is currently going on with China. As it turns out, the Chinese are not only extremely serious about cutting ties with the Rockets, but it seems that they are more than willing to sever ties with the rest of the NBA as well.