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Friday, a Chinese broadcasting propagandist alluded to Daryl Morey stepping down as Houston Rockets’ general manager:
“Those who hurt the feelings of the Chinese people will have to pay a price.”
The state-run CCTV network put out a similar statement to AFP:
“We reiterate that any words and deeds that attempt to hurt the feelings of the Chinese people will have to pay a price.”
Last fall, Morey exposed the NBA when he tweeted support for freedom in Hong Kong. Afterward, LeBron James and the league bowed to China and called Morey’s actions selfish. CCTV refused to broadcast NBA games.
The price was paid.
OutKick correctly anticipated the cause of Morey’s unexpected resignation on Thursday:
“In case viewers needed any more proof about where NBA loyalties lie, Mark Cuban assured the country last week that those associated with the NBA are not allowed to speak up on horrific events if doing so affects the league’s relationship with Nike.
“Cuban, who has far more power than Morey ever had, wouldn’t condemn China in an interview with Megyn Kelly. Cuban sounded fearful, as though he knew he was on shaky ground. Finally, after minutes of dodging, he announced he wasn’t going to denounce the lucrative communist customer.
“‘[China] is a customer of ours,’ Cuban explained.”
The fear Cuban showed when asked to condemn China demonstrates the power that China has over the NBA. State oppression in Hong Kong and the suppression of free speech here in America are other prices to be paid, I guess.