The NBA Is Under Fire After Journalist Gets Shut Down From Asking James Harden And Russell Westbrook Question About China
The NBA China controversy seems to be getting uglier by the day.
For the past week, the NBA has faced a firestorm from China after Daryl Morey posted a tweet supporting protestors in Hong Kong.
Morey deleted the tweet and released a statement showing regret that people in China were angered by his solidarity with Hong Kong while Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta distanced himself from his GM and Rockets star James Harden apologized for Morey’s comments.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement backing Morey and made it clear the NBA would not censor what players or executives could talk about with regards to politics.
Early this morning after the Rockets game against the Raptors in Japan, CNN journalist Christina Macfarlane asked James Harden and Russell Westbrook if they would refrain from talking about politics in the future and she was quickly shut down by a rep from the Houston Rockets who instructed security to take the microphone away from her.
Update the NBA has apologized to the reporter for the Houston Rockets team rep trying to prevent her from having her question answered.
NBA fans were furious with the whole situation was handled.