DISCLAIMER: The Opinions of this article are that of the writer. They do not reflect the Rumboyz team entirely but permission was granted to offer a personal political opinion.
The Chinese Basketball Association says it will suspend cooperation with the Houston Rockets, who happen to be, probably the most popular team in China. This is the case due to their association with legendary, hall of fame Chinese native basketball player Yao Ming who took the Rockets to the playoffs multiple times.
If you’re unaware of what’s been going on in China, there has been protests for liberty. Millions of Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets waving American Flags and demanding 5 things.
- The Hong Kongers want the communist Chinese Government to withdraw the “extradition bill” that recently introduced. The bill would increase the control that the Chinese government has over Hong Kong people and would violate a 50 year agreement signed in 1997. The government says it would prevent Hong Kong from being a safe haven for criminals, but critics to this bill say that they don’t want their citizens being exposed to China’s “deeply flawed justice system” which involves a social credit system that Hong Kongers do not want to subject to.
- The protesters also demand an inquiry of alleged police brutality which involve officers murdering citizens during the protests, one case being stabbed with a knife to a woman’s face which became a symbol marching symbol of their oppression.
- They demand a retraction of the classification of a “rioter” to a “protester” and the millions of protesters do not want to be condemned as criminals if they cease protests.
- They ask for amnesty for the 700 arrested protesters, a number which is growing daily.
- They ask for dual suffrage, which would give the Hong Kongers more legislative power when it comes to their city and surrounding areas away from China.
It’s safe to say that these protesters resemble the “sons of liberty” here in the USA in 1765.
But I’ll spare you the history lesson.
A South Park episode recently aired on Comedy Central where Stan, one of the protagonists and his friend make a screamo band. But in order to sell records they needed to censor themselves for the Chinese censors. I found that quite hilarious and after The Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to twitter to support the Hong Kong protesters, China made it known to the basketball world, that this is no joke to them.
All it took for Daryl Morey was to tweet “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” in a now deleted tweet for the Chinese Basketball Association which is controlled by the Chinese Communist party and President Xi to suspend all future cooperation with the Houston Rockets going forward. The CBA posted on their “Weibo” account which is similar to Twitter, that Daryl Morey had made “improper remarks regarding Hong Kong”. Owner of the Houston Rockets responded this way.
Fertitta also said “I have the best general manager in the league. Everything is fine with Daryl and me. We got a huge backlash, and I wanted to make clear that the organization has no political position. We’re here to play basketball and not to offend anybody.” which I find to be slightly cowardice considering the situation. Looks to me like a billionaire scared to lose money from China even if it means dismissing their protest.
Regardless of where you stand on this situation, It is very telling of how the Chinese government operates that a tweet promoting your beliefs is enough for a communist Chinese party to ban your organization from being part of their athletic activities. The Rockets, an organization who has done arguably the most for Chinese athletics than any other foreign organization. But this what happens when you elect communist regimes. This is what happens when you give up your liberties and your freedoms. Makes me very happy to live in America, the land of the brave and the home of the free. I support Daryl Morey and there was nothing wrong with what he said, it is very sad that the Rockets won’t be able to scout for Chinese talent anymore.