NBA fails to truckle enough; China drops its broadcasts

NBA fails to truckle enough; China drops its broadcasts
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[Ed. – NBA “clarifies” its previous truckling response to China. China accuses the NBA of attacking national sovereignty and social stability, and suspends NBA broadcasts.  Good times.  P.S. If you don’t want to end up being ruled ruthlessly under a Chinese lash, sorry, dude, you do have to embrace national sovereignty – which is the only way to defend free speech against China’s version of “social stability.”  There’s no such thing as an international consensus favoring freedom of speech.  “International” includes, you know…China.]

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has released a second public statement regarding the controversy over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, and the Chinese government’s punitive response to the tweet. …

[It] is the exact same statement as the first one, worded more diplomatically on the second try. …

[T]he statement already has failed, and spectacularly: China’s state television network, CCTV, announced overnight that, in response to Silver’s anodyne expression of liking it when everybody regards the NBA as cool and good, it will be suspending its broadcast of NBA games in China.

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