Shaquille O & # 39; Neal defends free speech on the opening night of the NBA by saying & # 39; Daryl Morey was right & # 39; about the protests in Hong Kong, even after Le Bron James misrepresented & # 39; & # 39; had labeled
- Shaquille O & # 39; Neal came to the defense of Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, who caused a fire storm between the NBA and China
- Morey tweets its support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong
- & # 39; As Americans, we do a lot of business in China, & # 39; said O & # 39; Neal. & # 39; And they know and understand our values and we understand their values. & # 39;
- The NBA stands at Morey despite the demands of the Chinese government and various business partners that he is fired
- Lakers star LeBron James was also heavily criticized by some US lawmakers for the perception that he admitted to the Chinese regime
Shaquille O & # 39; Neal spoke about his beliefs to defend freedom of speech during the opening night of the NBA season.
He announced Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey & was right & # 39; to openly support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, although the tweet created something of a firestorm in China.
& # 39; As Americans, we do a lot of business in China, & # 39; said the retired O & # 39; Neal during the pre-game show of TNT.
Shaquille O & # 39; Neal, pictured, defended Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, who caused a fire storm between the NBA and China
& # 39; They know and understand our values and we understand their values. And one of our best values in America is free speech.
& # 39; We can say what we want to say and we can speak out about injustices, and that is exactly how it goes and if people do not understand that that is something they are dealing with.
& # 39; It was a shame for both parties, and you have people talking about something they don't know what they are talking about, & # 39; the four-time NBA champion continued.
& # 39; Daryl Morey was right – if you have something wrong somewhere in the world, you should have the right to say: & # 39; That's wrong & # 39; and that's what he did. & # 39;
Shaquille O & # 39; Neal, left, Charles Barkley and others discuss recent news about the NBA and China on & # 39; NBA on TNT & # 39;
The NBA is at Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, pictured, despite demands from the Chinese government and various business partners that he be fired
& # 39; Especially with social media. We can say what we want to say when we want to say it. & # 39;
He acknowledged that when it comes to business, you sometimes have to stand on your toes.
Morey tweeted in support of anti-government protesters on October 4 and said: & Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong. & # 39;
As a result, several Chinese partners closed their ties with the NBA, the largest broadcaster refused to air pre-season matches that were taking place in the country, and the government called on to fire Morey.
China did not broadcast or stream two games held in the country between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, while the NBA canceled many player appearances.
Some Chinese business partners of the NBA have also canceled or suspended relations with the competition.
Commissioner Adam Silver said last week that the NBA & # 39; substantial & # 39; losses in China had suffered about Morey & # 39; s tweet removed since.
Nevertheless, the NBA stands at Morey despite the demands of the Chinese government and various business partners that he is fired.
Daryl Morey tweet in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on 4 October
After Morey's & # 39; s tweet, which took place before the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were set to play a few preseason exhibitions in China, many of the NBA signs were removed
Protesters had placards that said & # 39; Stand with NBA & # 39; during a demo last week in Hong Kong
Hundreds of protesters gathered to express their anger about Lebron James' tweet and to show support to the CEO of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey
Laker's superstar LeBron James criticized Morey's support for the demonstrators
Morey did not tackle the controversy because several tweets are trying to clarify his position on the protests.
A further controversy was created after Laker's superstar LeBron James criticized Morey's support for the demonstrators.
James came under fire from US lawmakers and others who accused him of being pledged to the repressive Chinese government or motivated by financial concerns.
James has a lifelong endorsement deal worth tens of millions with Nike, which does big business in China
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