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NASHVILLE (BP) -- A tweet from an executive with the Houston Rockets has touched off an international controversy and brought attention to an ongoing dispute between Hong Kong and China. On Friday, Oct. 4, Daryl Morey, general manager of the Texas-based NBA franchise, posted an image on Twitter with the words: "Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong."
In response, multiple Chinese organizations including the Chinese Basketball Association, the Rockets' Chinese sponsors, and Tencent, a Chinese conglomerate that holds the NBA's rights in China, announced they would end all commercial partnerships with the NBA team. To quell the controversy, Morey later deleted the post and apologized, and the NBA released a statement clarifying Morey's views did "not represent the Rockets or the NBA." Read More