NBA Apologizes for Cutting Off CNN Reporter's Question About China Controversy


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The Houston Rockets have apologized for shutting down a CNN reporter’s question about the NBA-China controversy, during a Thursday press conference.

CNN reporter Christina Macfarlane asked Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook if either of them would reconsider speaking out on social issues, given China’s angry response to a now-deleted tweet from Rockets GM Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

“The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and coaches being able to speak out openly about political and social affairs. I just wonder after the events of this week, and the fallout we’ve seen, whether you would both feel differently about speaking out in that way in the future?” asked Macfarlane.

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As Breitbart’s Joshua Caplan reported earlier on Thursday:

An NBA staffer is heard off-camera interjecting that the players are taking ‘basketball questions only.’ A man is

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