BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Houston Rockets sneakers and other merchandise were pulled from several Nike (NKE.N) stores in major Chinese cities amid the furor surrounding a tweet from the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
People walk past a Nike logo outside its store at a shopping mall in Beijing, China October 10, 2019.
Managers at five Nike stores in Beijing and Shanghai told Reuters during visits on Thursday they had been told in recent days via a memo from management that all Rockets merchandise had to be removed.
Three Nike stores in Shenzhen also kept Rockets merchandise off the shelves, as well as NBA products in general, staff told Reuters by phone.
Three Nike stores in Chengdu, a bustling inland city in southwest China, also removed Rockets products.
At two basketball-themed NBA Playzone family entertainment centers in Shanghai and Beijing opened by NBA China, staff confirmed that Rockets products had been removed.
Major Chinese e-commerce platforms Alibaba (BABA.N) and JD.com (JD.O) have taken Houston Rockets merchandise off their sales platforms, including mobile apps. »