NBA Commissioner Adam Silver insists that he never apologized to the Chinese government about the tweet of Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey & # 39; s support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but he hopes the relationship of the reset the competition with the country & # 39 ;. & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I would not like this relationship to end after this incident, & # 39; said Silver TMZ Thursday in New York.
The NBA has been closely monitored on both sides of the Pacific since Morey released a tweet with the graphic text & # 39; Fight For Freedom; Stand With Hong Kong, & amidst ongoing anti-China demonstrations in the former British colony.
The Chinese government objected to an NBA director who supported political dissidents in the country, while several companies reportedly broke their ties with the competition.
Meanwhile, in the US, Silver and the NBA were criticized for kowing to China after the commissioner's first statement on this issue.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver insists that he never apologize to the Chinese government about the Houston Rockets tweet, CEO Daryl Morey, in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but he hopes the relationship of the competition with the reset country & # 39; & # 39;
Daryl Morey tweet in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on 4 October
People hold the Chinese flag and a protest banner in reference to Morey's & # 39; s tweet of October 4 for a preseason exhibition between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai
& # 39; We acknowledge that the views of CEO of Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is a shame & # 39 ;, read the first competition statement after Morey's tweet on 4 October.
& # 39; Although Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the competition support the training of individuals themselves and share their views on issues that are important to them. & # 39;
On Thursday, Silver said he & # 39; worth the trouble & # 39; had taken that many Americans regarded the statement as an apology to China and leaving Morey.
& # 39; I was sorry that we had upset hundreds of millions of Chinese fans while supporting Daryl Morey's speech, it bothered me, I would say, it was interpreted as an apology to the Chinese government, & # 39; Silver told TMZ.
& # 39; We certainly have not apologized to the Chinese government. & # 39;
Silver, who has not discussed this with President Donald Trump, has discussed the issue with former NBA Commissioner David Stern (photo), who is credited with building the relationship of the competition with China in the 1980s and 1990s
& # 39; I felt that we were holding the line in a way that many companies were unable to reach in China, meaning that there was no discipline from our employees, there was never a suggestion that we did not support him, & # 39; Silver added.
& # 39; I even voted for freedom of expression. Some people somehow felt that this was the equivalent of kowtowing for the Chinese government. & # 39;
Silver stressed that he hopes to continue the NBA's relationship with China, where competition values are valued at $ 4 billion, according to Forbes. Silver, however, explained that he does not want to restrict the freedom of expression of NBA employees.
& # 39; We have to re-establish ourselves with the Chinese government and everyone must determine the rules of the road. & # 39;
Silver said he has been in regular contact with Morey to see if the Rockets GM & # 39; comes through & & # 39 ;.
Morey has not spoken to reporters since his October tweet of October 4.
Silver, who has not discussed this with President Donald Trump, has discussed the issue with former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who is credited with building the relationship of the competition with China in the 1980s and 1990s.
He also spoke to the Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter, who is still faced with retaliation from his native Turkey to support a clergyman, Fethullah Gulen, who blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's regime for a failed attempt until a coup.
Silver has also spoken to the Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter (photo), who is still facing reprisals from his native Turkey for supporting a clergyman, Fethullah Gulen, who blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's regime for a failed attempted coup
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter shared his reaction without specifically mentioning James, but rather referred to his own trial as the political enemy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his native country
Kanter was sued by a Turkish court last year for alleged membership of an & # 39; armed terrorist group & # 39; after repeated contact with people in the neighborhood of Gulen. He is currently facing four years in a Turkish prison for insulting Erdogan, who has repeatedly designated the NBA star as & # 39; The Hitler of our century & # 39 ;.
A typical NBA preseason promotional swing through Shanghai and Shenzhen became something else when Daryl Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong protesters while the Lakers were in the air during their 13-hour flight to China. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he regrets that Chinese fans are upset, but would not apologize for Morey's tweet
After LeBron James was criticized inland for being wrong Morey & # 39; s tweet & # 39; s & # 39; Kanter wrote a tweet describing everything he was confronted with because he spoke to Erdogan.
& # 39; I have not seen or spoken to my family for 5 years, & # 39; Kanter wrote. & # 39; My father jailed; My brothers and sisters cannot find a job; My passport withdrawn; International Arrest Warrant; My family cannot leave the country; Have death threats every day; Was attacked, harassed; Tried to kidnap me in Indonesia.
& # 39; FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. & # 39;
James, who has given his opinion on other issues such as racism and police violence, has major financial interests in China, where many American shoe companies produce sneakers. James himself has a lifelong endorsement deal with Nike that is said to be worth around $ 1 billion, his former agent hinting at GQ in 2016.
Allegedly James has visited China for at least 15 consecutive summers.
Moreover, China is considered the fastest growing market for Nike. In the most recent fiscal year, sales from China increased by 21 percent compared to the previous year, while total sales in China represented 16 percent of Nike's total sales.
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