Houston Rockets guard James Harden apologized to China over general manager Daryl Morey’s tweets expressing support for Hong Kong protesters.
“We apologize, we love China, we love playing here,” Harden said, according to CBS Sports. “For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year and they show us the most support and love. We appreciate them as a fanbase, and we love everything they’re about. We appreciate the support they give us individually, and as an organization.”
Morey’s job is reportedly in jeopardy after he tweeted, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” which angered team owner Tilman Fertitta and league officials. (RELATED: James Harden Rips The Refs After Losing To The Warriors)
The NBA released a milquetoast statement apologizing to China, while re-iterating their support for freedom of speech. The NBA has major business ties with the Communist country, which probably explains why they are so eager to turn a blind eye to the nation’s vast human rights abuses, which include the imprisonment of millions of Chinese Muslims in internment camps, as well as strict censorship laws. (RELATED: China Is Buying Influence In American Media, Does It Impact How They Cover The Communist Power?)
It’s very hypocritical for a league which loves to brag about how “woke” it is, but quickly cowers when millions of dollars are on the line. After all, the league recently announced that they would stop using the word “owner,” because of its historical connection to slavery.
But, the league and their stars have now made clear where their priorities are.