James Harden Apologizes To China On Behalf Of Rockets GM Daryl Morey

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This is one of the most fascinating stories in the NBA that we’ve had in a while… Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey made a statement supporting democracy in China, and apparently that was really a bad idea. After outrage from fans, and the Rockets having their partnership with the Shanghai Sharks ended, James Harden had to come out and apologize…

Source (theScore)Houston Rockets star James Harden attempted to mediate the growing divide between the team and fans in China after a now-deleted tweet by general manager Daryl Morey supported protesters in Hong Kong.

“We apologize. You know, we love China, we love playing there,” Harden said on Monday alongside teammate Russell Westbrook in Tokyo, Japan, according to The Associated Press. “For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love.

“We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as an organization.”

Morey posted a graphic Friday to his personal Twitter account that contained the caption “Fight For Freedom Stand With Hong Kong.” Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly denounced Morey’s tweet, stating the team was an apolitical organization, though numerous high-profile Chinese organizations, including the country’s lead basketball association, announced they would be indefinitely suspending their relationship with the franchise in response.

The backlash continued Monday when the Chinese Basketball Association canceled scheduled games this month involving the Rockets’ and Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliates that would have taken place in China, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

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