Chinese firms such as Tencent, Vivo and CCTV among others suspend ties with NBA over Hong Kong tweet

We have seen that a lot of turmoil has been caused by the current trade war between the US and China. However, there is a lot more going around the world which has caused turmoil in a big way too. For example, we have the Hong Kong protests which are taking place which has shown how the Chinese are repressing the Hong Kong protestors.

Now, there is fresh controversy as reported by TechCrunch due to the Hong Kong protests which involve the NBA which is the National Basketball Association. It is to be noted that Morey voiced his support for protesters in Hong Kong via sending a tweet. Morey is known to be a Houston Rockets executive which is one of the teams involved in the NBA. For this reason, many of the Chinese companies were fuming and the NBA has shared an apology for the same. However, the apology from the NBA is criticized from within their own country as people are saying that the NBA has bowed down to the Chinese.

In a tweet, Morey wrote “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” which he later deleted. Later, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that “It is inevitable that people around the world — including from America and China — will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences. However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way,”

However, NBA’s views of apologizing to its Chinese fans were not acknowledged even by fellow brands such as South Park which is a comic TV show in the US. South Park issued a mock apology which reads as follows: “like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom. Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?”