NBA rebukes freedom of expression for owner

By Ed Daniels, Clarion Herald Sports

I have never met Daryl Morey, but I am a huge fan.

Morey, the general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, had the temerity to tweet out support for the protesters in Hong Kong.

You know the ones, who are trying to preserve freedom in the former British colony from the oppressive Chinese communist regime next door.

Morey tweeted, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

Can I get an Amen for that?

The NBA wasn’t amused.

The league, through its communications director, said the following.

“We recognize that the views expressed by the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.”

Really?

How sad.

The NBA, you know the league that is a bastion of fairness, chooses communism over freedom.

But, not really. The league chose their business model.

NBA basketball is wildly popular in Asia. If I didn’t know before, I learned this summer when attending the NBA draft in New York.

Asian journalists turned out in huge numbers.

But, no matter how popular basketball is in China, there’s no way the league should come down on an executive who is merely stating the facts.

Communist China is a brutal dictatorship. Its president elected himself, for life. I wonder after a hard day’s work of trying to conquer the world, and protect a huge trade imbalance with the United States, he settles in for an evening of NBA League Pass?

In Hong Kong, the protests started in June.

Among the items that government was trying to push was extradition to the mainland. If you spoke out against the government in China, and you lived in Hong Kong, you could be rounded up and sent to the mainland.

Good luck on ever being seen again.

The protestors have brought international attention to what we already know. There is only one thing the Chinese understand, and that is brute force.

They do everything they can to put millions of our fellow Americans out of work with dirt cheap labor, they steal our intellectual property, and even build their own islands out in the South Chinese sea.

They claim those islands aren’t military installations.

Of course, we believe them, right?

The Chinese are also the biggest supporters of North Korea’s rogue regime. You know the regime that kills and imprisons hundreds of thousands of its own citizens. In 2013, Kim Jung-un even had his own uncle shot. He was, according to state run media, “trying to seize supreme power.”

The NBA loves to stand up for causes they deem critical. 

That includes pulling the NBA All-Star game out of Charlotte in 2017, over the league’s objections to North Carolina’s law that banned transgender people from using bathrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Okay. Fine.

But, when one of its general managers says he chooses freedom lovers over a communist regime, the NBA puts on the full court press to rebuke him.

What a joke.

Like I said, I have never met Daryl Morey, but I am a fan.

Ed Daniels is sports director of ABC26 WGNO. He can be reached at edaniels@clarionherald.org.

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