China will break off relationship with Houston after Daryl Morey comments
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has gotten his team in some hot waters following a controversial tweet pertaining to the on-going political battle between Hong Kong and China. As it turns out, the 47-year-old high-ranking executive’s now-deleted tweet showing his support for Hong Kong has angered the Chinese.
According to a report by the Daily Herald, China is taking this matter very seriously. So much so, that they have announced their decision to completely cut ties with the Rockets following this recent incident.
China’s official basketball association says it will suspend cooperation with the Houston Rockets following a tweet by the team’s general manager in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Basketball Association said Sunday on its official Twitter-like Weibo account that Daryl Morey had made “improper remarks regarding Hong Kong” to which it expressed its “strong opposition.”
Morey’s position on the matter is clear cut, with his deleted tweet saying, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The Chinese obviously took offense with Morey’s statement, and have reacted very aggressively by opting to burn the bridge that is their relationship with the Rockets.
China has never been shy about denouncing those who choose to go against the actions of their government, and as it turns out, this sensitivity actually extends to the sport of basketball.
The Rockets have one of the most recognizable relationships with China, which dates all the way back to the Yao Ming era. This now appears to have been burnt to the ground after just one misplaced tweet.