The Chinese Basketball Association, in which former Rockets icon Yao Ming is now president, has suspended their ties with the team. Tencent Sports has also announced that all live-streaming and news reporting of the Rockets would be suspended.
The Chinese government banning the Rockets is a terrible move.
For Yang, the backlash for Morey’s tweet was uncalled for.
“The Chinese government banning the Rockets is a terrible move,” he wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
His tweet, which was applauded by many of his supporters, generated over 1,000 retweets and over 10,000 likes.
Rep. Julian Castro, another presidential hopeful from the Democratic Party, also posted a tweet criticizing China’s move.
China is using its economic power to silence critics—even those in the U.S.
The United States must lead with our values and speak out for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, and not allow American citizens to be bullied by an authoritarian government. https://t.co/87U4jgsAAp
Meanwhile, the Chinese Consulate General in Houston also issued its own statement on Sunday to express “strong dissatisfaction” with the Rockets.
“We are deeply shocked by the erroneous comments on Hong Kong made by Mr. Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets,” a statement on the consulate’s website read.
“We have lodged representations and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Houston Rockets, and urged the latter to correct the error and take immediate concrete measures to eliminate the adverse impact.”