onsdag 9. oktober 2019

The NBA faces a no-win situation in China. Here's what it stands to lose

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent what may be the most problematic and potentially damaging tweet in corporate America this year. Morey set off an international firestorm over the weekend when he tweeted support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.

"Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong," said the tweet, which has since been deleted.
Chinese authorities, challenged by months of protests in Hong Kong, have made it clear that business as usual with the league will cease until the NBA totally repudiates Morey's statement. The tweet has left the league and the Rockets with untenable choices. They can fire Morey and apologize, which would be seen in America as putting profits ahead of free expression and caving to anti-democratic forces in China. Or they could stand behind him and risk losing the sport's largest growth market.