China this week announced that it would not be airing NBA preseason games after the league’s commissioner declared his support for freedom of speech.
Speaking in Tokyo this week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver offered his support for Daryl Morley, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. Morley launched a controversy when he tweeted in favor of the pro-Hong Kong protesters.
The NBA initially apologized for Morley’s tweet, but Silver eventually announced his support for Morley’s free speech rights.
In response, the Chinese government announced it would no longer air preseason broadcasts, suggesting that Morley’s tweets undermined the country’s “national sovereignty and social stability.”