Analysis

NBA Backs Free Speech But Likely To Tiptoe With China

Law360 (October 10, 2019, 10:16 PM EDT) -- A tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong put NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a lose-lose situation in trying to mend the league's lucrative relationship with China and still defend freedom of expression, a situation experts say will force NBA players and executives to tread carefully in commenting on China.

The Oct. 4 tweet by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who shared a picture with text saying, "Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” has caused a firestorm for the National Basketball Association and jeopardized its business in China. The Hong Kong protests...

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