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Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets general manager whose 2019 tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests led to a major international controversy, resigned from his position on Thursday.
The news of Morey’s departure came from a number of NBA insiders. However, the reason for his decision was unclear. The Rockets were knocked out of the 2020 playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. The Lakers would go on to win the championship.
Morey made international headlines when on Oct. 4 of last year, he sent a tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests. That single message snowballed, beginning with the Chinese Basketball Association’s suspension of its relationship with the Rockets, and then all Rockets merchandise being removed from Chinese stores. NBA games would also no longer be broadcast in China.
Morey and the NBA both issued statements trying to mend the fallout with China, which was met with ire from U.S. politicians for bending to the country, along with mockery, such as by South Park. The long-running cartoon skewered the NBA and conglomerates, such as Disney, for seemingly bending to China’s will — despite their human rights violations record — for dollars and cents. South Park was subsequently banned in China for criticizing and poking fun at the authoritarian government.
An NBA game was not broadcast in the country for more than a year before China’s CCTV recently televised Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
“During the recent Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, the NBA sent their well wishes to fans in China,” CCTV said in a statement, cited by ESPN. “We also took note of the league has been continuously delivering goodwill [to China], particularly making positive contributions to Chinese people’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.”
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