Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey may say that he’s leaving his post to pursue other opportunities, but China’s official state broadcaster says otherwise.
A day after Morey announced that he was stepping down as Rockets GM to pursue other “professional opportunities,” CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, says that Morey’s departure is a reminder that those who “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people will have to pay a price.”
CCTV recently ended its one-year suspension of NBA broadcasts. A suspension the network enacted after Morey posted a tweet in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Morey’s simple post: “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” unleashed a ferocious backlash from the Chinese government who canceled numerous NBA games and business arrangements.
However, despite Morey’s insistence that his decision to leave had nothing to do with the controversy surrounding his tweet, CCTV suggested that it had everything to do with