A cursory perusal through China's highly regulated internet landscape shows the show conspicuously absent everywhere it recently had a presence.
On streaming service Youku, owned by internet giant Alibaba, all links to clips, episodes and even full seasons of the show are now dead.
And on Baidu's Tieba, China's largest online discussion platform, the threads and subthreads related to South Park are nonfunctional.
"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts," the statement reads.
South Park's "Band in China" episode featured a pair of storylines critical of China.
Chinese broadcasters announced they would stop airing Rockets games, and local sponsors pulled their funds from the team.
Evidently fearing the financial implications of the Chinese backlash, the Rockets and the NBA have since disavowed Morey's comments. »