It's not just the perception of, oh, maybe there are potential customers that we can't offend if we take this or that social or political stance that is maybe dividing America.
On Wednesday, an editorial in the official English-language China Daily accused Silver of "brazenly endorsing Morey's secessionist-supporting tweet" and giving "a shot to the arms of the rioters of Hong Kong". However, China's state-run CCTV has canceled plans to air the games.
Silver said on Tuesday the league supported Morey's right to exercise his freedom of expression, further angering authorities and some fans in China and threatening the NBA's business there, said to be worth more than $4 billion.
Over the weekend, the Houston Rockets GM caught major backlash and issued an apology for tweeting an image that read "fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong".
A fan of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers was removed from a preseason game against a Chinese team after he held signs and chanted in solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The furor, triggered by last week's tweet by an official with the Houston Rockets, has imperiled the National Basketball Association in a multibillion-dollar market. The Brooklyn Nets - recently bought by Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai - and the Los Angeles Lakers are set to clash in Shanghai on Thursday, and on October 12 in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong.
He tweeted about the ordeal - which comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and China in wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's pro-Hong Kong tweet. This is pathetic. Yet another American company that's allowing China to dictate their actions.@espn (and it's parent company, @Disney) should use its platform to shine a light on Communist China's oppression of the people of Hong Kong, not shy away from it.
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"He came out strongly for freedom of speech (today)".
The NBA initially described the anger over Morey's post as "regrettable", drawing criticism from USA politicians, who accused the league of putting its China business ahead of free speech.
"The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say", Silver said in the statement.
Wachs claims that when security guards saw his Hong Kong signs, they told him "no politics".
"Silver's about face, which will definitely give a shot to the arms of the rioters in Hong Kong, shows his organisation is willing to be another handy tool for USA interference in the special administrative region", the state-run China Daily newspaper said in an editorial.
Tech giant Apple, which has a huge presence in China, on Wednesday became the latest target. Standing next to All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook, he added, "For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year". The NBA has frequently encouraged its athletes to speak about political issues like police violence in the US and has been met with harsh criticism for seemingly censoring those who speak out against police violence and human rights in China.