NBA Offends China Over Hong Kong Protests

NBA Offends China Over Hong Kong Protests

Everyone is furious at the NBA. People in China… And in America. This is China Uncensored. I’m Chris Chappell. Well, I’m sorry to say, the NBA has not made a slam dunk in China
this week. This is Daryl Morey. You may know him as the general manager of
the Houston Rockets. But in China, he’s public enemy number 1! Last week he tweeted this. “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” A pretty bold move, considering NBA China— yes that’s a thing—is worth more than
4 billion dollars. But faster than you can say, “good on him for risking a Chinese backlash to stand up for liberty,” he deleted the Tweet. Because it created an uproar in China. And the owner of the Houston Rockets was like, whoa, this guy does not speak for us. And Morey quickly walked his tweet back, saying he did not intend his tweet to cause
any offense to Rockets fans and friends in China. He’s got loads of friends in China. None of whom support freedom in Hong Kong,
obviously. But the Houston Rockets damage control didn’t
stop there. One of their star players, James Harden, announced the Houston Rockets Love China! “We love China, we love… We love everything they’re about and appreciate the support they give us.” Yes, the Houston Rockets love everything China’s
about. Here’s footage of Chinese police leading
a group of Uighurs into a concentration camp. Side note, the NBA runs a training center
in Xinjiang… the same region where Chinese police are putting all those Uighurs in concentration
camps. But back to the current NBA-China controversy. The NBA itself issued an official apology, saying that they recognized that the tweet deeply offended fans in China, which was regrettable. But on their Chinese language social media
account, the statement was a little different. It said, “We are extremely disappointed
in the inappropriate comment by the General Manager of the Houston Rockets… he has undoubtedly seriously hurt the feelings of Chinese basketball fans… we have the utmost respect for the history
and culture of China.” Good thing no one outside China can read Chinese! No one will ever know how spineless the NBA’s Chinese apology was. But Daryl Morey at least didn’t hurt the
feelings of *this* Chinese basketball fan, who posted a photo of himself with a message
saying, “I live and die with the [Houston Rockets], come arrest me.” Three hours later, they did come arrest him. “We love everything they’re about.” So after all the back-tracking and kowtowing, did the NBA manage to get cool with the world’s most brutal authoritarian regime? Nope. The NBA’s Chinese partners still suspended
ties with them. And Chinese media won’t be broadcasting the NBA’s preseason games in China. What I’m saying is that the NBA is being
cancelled in China. That’s not surprising. What is surprising, is the universal condemnation the Rockets are getting from both sides of the aisle in
the United States. Like Democratic Presidential hopeful Beto
O’Rourke and Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who until this week, never agreed on anything. The NBA has spent years developing a huge
fanbase in China. But that doesn’t mean they can ignore the
backlash in America. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out and
unapologized-ish. “We are not apologising for Daryl (Morey) exercising his freedom of expression…. “The long held values of the NBA are to support freedom of expression, and certainly freedoms of expression by the
NBA community, and in this case Daryl Morey as the General Manager of the Houston Rockets enjoys that right as one of our employees. What I also try to suggest is I understand that there are consequences from that exercise
of in essence his freedom of speech, and we will have to live with those consequences.” Now that may not seem like much, but remember, China once got Marriott to apologize and fire
an employee for accidentally using the Marriott Twitter
account to like a Free Tibet tweet. Obviously the real problem here is Twitter. But the consequences of the NBA controversy
are just beginning. And they’re showing ordinary Americans how much power the Chinese Communist Party has on American companies…even in America. For example, in an internal memo, ESPN instructed their shows to “avoid any political discussions about China
and Hong Kong” when discussing the NBA story. And then fans who took Free Hong Kong signs
to an NBA game were kicked out—in Philadelphia. And had their signs confiscated in Washington
DC. So now all because of one tweet about Hong
Kong, many Americans have gone from not knowing that China has a Communist Party to realizing how much power the Chinese Communist Party
has. In a not-good way. So while China is crying foul, perhaps in the end, this was nothing but net. The kind where you miss entirely and only
hit net. So what do you think? Leave your comments below. Once again, I’m Chris Chappell. See you next time.

100 thoughts on “NBA Offends China Over Hong Kong Protests

  1. Aaanddddd YouTube instantly demonetized this for being "not suitable for most advertisers." Sadly, I can't argue with that. Sadly that means we can't afford to make China Uncensored. The only reason this show exists is because of the incredible support of what I call the China Uncensored 50 cent army, fans who contribute on the crowd funding website Patreon. If you can, please help support the show!

  2. One could argue that if our government isn't willing to strongly argue against events in Hong Kong and our news people too a large extent won't and our media personalities and companies and so forth don't care, why should we? This is a fault of leadership. There's no strong voice behind countering or confronting China on this and so all involved stand back and wait for others to be the first to cross the line. Trouble is enough power holders have something to lose and work their magic to shut it down.

  3. We must not self censor ourselves to cater to the ccp for any financial gain. We are a free country where we can exercise our freedom of expression not unlike countries like China

  4. Think twice before you choose any political standing against are you going to out number1.4 billion? This applies to Hong Kong's protest too, with the support of the rest of the true patriotic Hong Konger, the evil rioters will definitively fail.

  5. When I was a kid growing up in San Francisco during the sixties and seventies we would often get imported items from Taiwan. I asked a teacher where was Taiwan on the map. It wasn't on the map. That's kind of how I think the NBA and All American companies should treat China, like they are not on the map! The Chinese people are shameful and they have allowed the communist Party to rule over them because they are weak. Luckily Americans and the West have been able to influence Hong Kong and the protest you see are inspired by the US Revolution. The Great Awakening has begun. And China uncensored is a part of that so I pray that you three and any that come along with you in the future will be blessed with protection, wisdom and salvation.
    ๐Ÿธ You're going to need it

  6. Why haven't you done a story about the Chinese military police vehicles pulled over and impounded by the CHP in California? It's happened in Washington State and California as well as Australia

  7. "Give me liberty, or give me death!" is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. American have a long tradition that individual freedom under God is paramount to any worldly secular power, especially a dictatorship like CCP regime. Therefore, we need to view the NBA phenomenon as a clash between two civilizations with very different sets of value systems. It will be a long term struggle.

  8. NBA players kneel during the national anthem for delusional reasons that donโ€™t exist and then support a murderous regime that kills its own population and oppresses the masses.

    What a bunch of disgusting fucks

  9. And they (Chinese Palm Oil Companies) burning the jungles om the Sumatra and Borneo and kill a lot of Human and Animals, and the headqurters are in the Singapores !!

    China always destroy anything whenever they live in, that is they own "Destiny".

  10. The people in US learned that money is the most important thing in life. Now the money is in Chinese hands, and Americans care less about freedom than they care about money…

  11. James harden just like alot of pro sports people .are payed to much and they think there above everybody.i believe they have little minds no compassion for people.very disloyal to anything except there bank account.hell is waiting for them .

  12. A typical example of what happens when you get away with a lot of evil against Africans; you tend to be tempted to try it with someone else and that someone happens to be now China and yup they hit back by simply excusing themselves to let the dependent figure out how to lean again air.

  13. Lol! Canada in the center of a controversy again – what would James Naismith think of this? I guess communist Chinese doesn't really love the sport. Hockey is Canada, but basketball is not communist China. What does communist China love besides the CCP? Freedom? Freedom of speech? Like a true narcissist, communist China loves only itself.

  14. Stop and abolish the CCP because it doesn't honor God's laws. It is run by over 100,0000 party members that only protect their interests and gains. It is evil in most or all aspects.

    It should be replaced by a Government who fears and honors God's laws. The Chinese people should unite to destroy the CCP.

  15. China uncensored puts the news exactly the way it is. No taking sides. Good job chris.
    For this episode, the Communist party wins

  16. Are really expecting basketball players to know what "everything in China" means?

    There is a reason why they are playing basketball, and not finding a cure for cancer.

  17. Of course, the NBA is caving to China.BTW, NBA stands for Nike Basketball Association. Nike is a 30-40 billion dollars business while the NBA is worth about 8 billion. Players like Lebron James, Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and many others all have huge shoe deals over in China worth millions. They hold themselves up as champions for speaking up for social injustice in the U.S. ( against police brutality, for BLM, against racism & for freedom of speech), yet suddenly all lost their spines collectively & stay silent about Hong Kong. It's simple because the NBA answers to Nike & Nike answers to China. Nike is beholden to the Chinese market( Nike owns 90% of the basketball shoe market)& there are 1.4 billion peoples to sell to. It's all about the mighty dollar over principle.

  18. If every time in you show China plays an evil role, there is nothing to expect your show, try to have a different perspective, please

  19. China teaches their kids to love their country. China also teaches their kids to love other countries, more importantly not to hate others. These sorts of teachings happened long ago in China culture, not initiated by communist party. God bless my beloved westerners

  20. He was wrong on deleting the message we should stand for freedom and not worry about NBA players money or owners money that's the only reason why the NBA I'm mad at the guy it's all over money. Unbelievable that the NBA Cares more about money than a countries freedom. That green stuff makes you forget what it's all about.

  21. I can't believe they came out and said they loved China James Harden probably couldn't pick China out on a map. As they lock a man up thataway James.

  22. Good, I hate what the NBA has become and haven't watched a game since they've allowed travelling and the players have become thugs, just like the NFL. I'm an American living in China and came here to teach English, but I'm thinking this could be my last year. When I came to this country, I came here to learn some culture about China. I like the people in China, more are good people. But, I hate their government. I'm starting to wonder if I'm selling my soul to be here.


  24. I've been waiting for 27 years for American to wake up! Ever since that ignorant fuck Clinton lobbied to have those terrorists admitted into the WTO. You'd think the guy could read! Again and again, I'd hear it, "It's not our problem." I'd always reply, "Until it is our problem. The Nazi's weren't our problem either." I hope the fuck that watching James Hardin grovelling like a bitch wakes someone up. It IS OUR PROBLEM.

  25. It's so ironic that you love China and hate CCP. Without CCP, without China. Now CCPis just using the market power to influence the world. Is that something the US government would do? You use dollars to,control the international economy. When you talk about politics and economy, there is no place left for humanity. It's damn cold.

  26. Social Justice is radical leftist politics. Leftist politics lean towards socialism/communism. China is the communist puppet master. And China wants to weaken us by making us soft and fragile before a full on invasion. That's the truth about SJW's (Social Justice Warriors). And that's also why they want to take away guns.

  27. Do you remember when there was a kerfuffle over a professional athlete's refusal to stand for the national anthem when it was played during a sporting event at a venue built by taxpayer dollars and secured by local police, but that professional athlete was not arrested even though a whole bunch of people got upset? Do you remember how everybody and their brother argued until their face was blue that this is a free country, people can do what they want without the government breathing down their necks at them–and doing what people wants includes boycotting a business that was insulting its own consumer base by suggesting that the country these events are being held in is the worst, no good, terrible country that history has ever seen or will yet see?

    Do you remember when the NFL and the NBA decided to kneel as a sign of solidarity for their brother, a silent protest over something or another*, and still nobody was arrested, though there were rumors that players were getting the stink-eye for NOT kneeling? That players of a certain, shall we say, skin color, were being judged in the courts of public opinion by the color of their skin and not the content of their character? That certain other characters were being called traitors to their own kind by their own friends and family for saying what they thought was the right thing?

    *The movement supported by the first professional athlete who knelt bore a name that implied they were going to point out the horrific eugenics project going on in certain neighborhoods under the pretty-sounding name "Planned Parenthood", but instead all the attention was going to some controversial events that the mainstream media thought to be newsworthy rather than the story painted by honest statistics collected in good faith…

  28. There's plenty of freedom in Hong kong..plenty of wealth It's all bs..its the western own banks that r funding this mess..trump is a Isolation trade most cut throat businessman..that want to get rid of global competition .

  29. So, what I'm getting from over the last few days is that China has a big market and the power to withdraw it from whatever they want. Let's just let the market decide.Let's let the market rule our lives. What could go wrong? | Okay so it's a bit off topic. Sue me.

  30. the NBA and NFL are a bunch of hypermasculine homosexuals, who dress in pink t-shirts, and wear skinny jeans.

  31. NBA is kissing the CHINESE ASS and just like Hollywood and, Google, MEXICO, Canada,Japan north Korea Bolivia,Ecuador VENEZUELA and actually the whole world is SILENT about China violators of human rights because China money talks and unfortunately the whole world is kissing the ASS of China corrupt CANCER China ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ‘บ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ฑโ˜ป๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ

  32. I think many of us donโ€™t realise that showing them what America is made of is more effective than completely going against the Chinese government. Being unable to broadcast the NBA means being unable to show them some of Americaโ€™s greatness. If it means complying to their demands, compare that with not having billions of dollars poured into the US economy causing a flow on effect. Think long term. Communism isnโ€™t taking over the world. NBA China is a platform to show them what FREEDOM is like… In my opinion.

  33. Long live Communist China! The greatest, the freeest, the most awesome and coolest country in the history of mankind. Yeah, I said it. Chicoms rock!! Destroy those evil Hong Kong people.

  34. Itโ€™s really sad the NBA didnโ€™t just say โ€œok, bye China.โ€ I would think a lot of citizens would be not so happy with the communist party if they took the NBA away from them. We are already seeing how the world is becoming Chinaโ€™s bitch.

  35. ChiComs trying to subvert our country kinda over reached on this one; Republicans & Democrats are like "What? Oh hell no, you dont tell US what to do!"

    NBA standin there lookin stupid.

  36. Hi guys I want to start a charity to help the hongkongers escape from the communist country. Please let me know if anyone wants to donate. Thanks

  37. Black people choosing money over freedom. The Irony is staggering. Sold their souls for money.

    Time to boycott the NBA.

  38. CCP killed 80 millions of people in 70 years, put 3 millions people in Xinjiang concentration camp now, organ harvest on alive people in factory scale that killed more than 1.5 millions people..and invasion of Tibet, killed religions groups..and all these crimes, against human beings and humanity!!!! China Communist party must be punished by the world! STOP LET CHINA GROW STRONGER!!! THEY WILL LINE UP WITH NORTH KOREA AND ISIS, TO DESTROY THE WORLD!!!! PLEASE WAKE UP, FOR WORLD PEACE, WE HAVE TO RESIST CHINA TOGETHER!

  39. Freedom of speech dotn exist in america imo. We american are so use to self censor that censor ourself is 2nd nature. u see, to keep the black comminity happy, any1 in any public position cant use the "N" word or it hell break lose and racism all over the media. u see america freedom of speech is a bit tricky, u freedly express you view point as long it it meet 2 main point, 1: it true and 2: dotn put others life in danger. Being some1 that high up in teh NBA and then stateing that in public days b4 the NBA team flies into China for a game. that is just fuking retard on his parts and it also imo violate the freedom of speech parts. even if hes see the hongkong protester as heros, being in his position he have to be able to see that from teh CCP view, those protester are terrorist or even rebels. to even openly support people who the CCP see as terrorist days be nba teams flies into CCP territory for a game is putting those team members life in danger. his very statement can cause hardcore ccp supporter to atk the nba members while they are in china. as some1 that high up in management and fail to realize that what he tweet can really have serious consequence, asside formt eh $$$ lose, the team that was schedule to play in china that week could have serious be put in danger because of his careless tweeet.

  40. SO my feelings that in my lifetime (15 atm btw) theres a not so insignificant chance that i will experience war in some way though im not sure if its gonna be directly since i live in sweden

  41. Boycott NBA! NBA becomes the another mouthpiece of Chinese Communist Party. US citizens must dump their products! Do not buy any tickets at all. Many citizens are not aware of CCP set up many private companies to raise capital for the CCP's military expansion.

  42. Que Blizzard bs, shortly after.

    Funny how much changed and how angry people are becoming in a short time as well as knowledgeable about everything after 2, granted, major f ups.

  43. Adam Silver will announce very soon that the national anthem is too offensive to the Chinese and will replace it with…." If you're happy and you know it clap your hands " $$$$$$

  44. Barkley mind of a little boy like Hong kong we back you all .Dont pay the NBA. There a bunch cowards they would sell there mothers out for money.there not men.there boys

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