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NBA Needs to Cut All Business Ties With China After Country's Overreaction to Daryl Morey's Tweet

**IMAGE TAKEN WITH MOBILE PHONE CAMERA ** BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 09: A Chinese flag is seen placed on a mannequin wearing the USA basketball uniform  as Chinese shoppers look at clothing in the NBA flagship retail store on October 9, 2019 in Beijing, China. The NBA is trying to salvage its brand in China amid criticism of its handling of a controversial tweet that infuriated the government and has jeopardized the leagues Chinese expansion. The crisis, triggered by a Houston Rockets executives tweet that praised protests in Hong Kong, prompted the Chinese Basketball Association to suspend its partnership with the league. The backlash continued with state-owned television CCTV scrapping its plans to broadcast pre-season games in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and the cancellation of other promotional fan events.  The league issued an apology, though NBA Commissioner Adam Silver angered Chinese officials further when he defended the right of players and team executives to free speech. China represents a lucrative market for the NBA, which stands to lose millions of dollars in revenue and threatens to alienate Chinese fans.  Many have taken to Chinas social media platforms to express their outrage and disappointment that the NBA would question the countrys sovereignty over Hong Kong which has been mired in anti-government protests since June.(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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When will the NBA stand up for itself against China?

As this saga continues to twist the arms of popular NBA figures in the aftermath of Rockets GM Daryl Morey's pro-Hong Kong tweet, tensions are rising between China and the NBA.

For a league that claims to be at the forefront of social activism, they're sucking up pretty hard to the Chinese government. I guess the world's issues end at the borders of the United States, though the NBA is supposed to be a global game and has portrayed itself as one for a while now. How ironic.

At this point, the NBA has to choose between honoring free speech, an ideal the United States is grounded upon, or cowering in fear at the thought of offending China's oppressive government with business in mind.

The NBA needs to cease all business with China immediately. If the league can't support free speech and the democracy that the Hong Kong protestors are currently fighting and instead chooses to shy away from the subject in fear of losing business deals with China, then they don't deserve to call themselves an American sports league.