China denies that it demanded firing of Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

19 Octobre, 2019, 06:29 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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A picture is circulating on social media that claims that a Hong Kong protester wore a printed-out photograph of LeBron James, who has recently made controversial comments about China, in order to evade AI facial recognition during protests.

As a result Chinese firms suspended sponsorship and telecast deals. Meanwhile, China's state broadcaster continues to suspend its broadcast of league games.

Speaking at the "Time 100 Health Summit" in NY on October 17, Silver said that the league was "willing" to endure further losses in revenues from its biggest worldwide market. Outrage among Chinese fans and officials is considered a major threat to the NBA's business interests in China, which are said to be worth $4 billion.

Basketball is the most popular sport in China with 300 million people playing the game. according to the NBA.

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Rodman - who has a close relationship with the North Korean regime - added that National Basketball Association players may be "misinformed" about "what is really taking place right now" in Hong Kong. In a recent interview with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, the commish noted that the Chinese government requested him to fire Morey. But Mr Silver has defended his right to express his opinion.

When asked about the tweet, the Los Angeles Lakers star said: "Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself". "There's no chance we'll even discipline him". "And one of those values is free expression".

"The losses have already been substantial", Silver said.

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