China wants NBA commissioner Adam Silver to face ‘retribution’ for support of Rockets’ Daryl Morey

“To please some American politicians, Silver has fabricated lies out of nothing and has sought to paint China as unforgiving,” CCTV said.

The tension between the NBA and China has continued to mount since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey weighed in on protests taking place in Hong Kong via Twitter, and league commissioner Adam Silver appears to have stirred the pot even more.

Silver said there was “no chance” the NBA would discipline Morey for his since-deleted tweet Friday after China reportedly requested his firing. But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that no such demand was made.

One China Central Television broadcast said Saturday that Silver has stepped out of line by defaming China, supporting Morey and making false claims, according to the South China Morning Post. Chinese media have also warned Silver that he will “receive retribution sooner or later” for his actions.

“Silver has spared no effort to portray himself as a fighter for free speech and used freedom of speech as an excuse to cover for Morey, who voiced his support for the violent actors in Hong Kong,” CCTV said. “This has crossed the bottom line of the Chinese people.

“To please some American politicians, Silver has fabricated lies out of nothing and has sought to paint China as unforgiving.”

How China plans to take action against Silver remains to be seen though.

The 2019-20 season is set to begin Oct. 22, and the league is at odds with a country many of its loyal supporters call home.

 

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