The ongoing controversy and backlash regarding a tweet about Hong Kong from Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey reached high political levels when U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang weighed in.
“The Chinese government banning the Rockets is a terrible move,” Yang tweeted Sunday morning.
The response from Chinese organizations comes after Morey tweeted an image early Saturday that read, “Fight For Freedom.
A day later, numerous Chinese sponsors, and even the Chinese Basketball Association — with former Rockets franchise icon Yao Ming as its president — suspended their ties with the team.
In addition, Tencent Sports announced Sunday that all live streaming and news reporting of the Rockets would be suspended.
For his part, Yang — running as a Democratic candidate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election — used Twitter to show his disapproval with the extent of the backlash.
As recently as last season, the Rockets even had alternate uniforms with Chinese lettering to acknowledge fans in China. »