Shaq Speaks Out On NBA-China Conflict, Defends Morey, Free Speech

by John Wesley Reid · Oct 23rd, 2019 12:22 pm

Last Updated Nov 14th, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has chimed in on the recent conflict surrounding the NBA and China.

O’Neal defended Morey’s use of free speech on opening night of the NBA season.

“One of our best values here in America is free speech — we’re allowed to say what we want to say and we are allowed to speak out on injustices and that’s just how it goes and if people don’t understand that that’s something they have to deal with,” O’Neal said. “It was unfortunate for both parties, and you’ve got people speaking out about something they don’t know what they’re talking about. Daryl Morey was right — whenever you see something going on anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say, ‘That’s not right.'”

China has developed an increasingly long “ban list” of people and organizations who have expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.