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The National Basketball Association on Sunday broke its silence on a brewing controversy between China and the Houston Rockets and was promptly denounced by several Capitol Hill lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls for "kowtowing" to the foreign power.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey waded into geopolitical tensions Friday, posting an image on Twitter that said fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong, in the midst of ongoing pro-democracy protests and clashes with police in the region.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz defended the GM of his home state team: As a lifelong @HoustonRockets fan, I was proud to see @dmorey call out the Chinese Communist Partys repressive treatment of protesters in Hong Kong. Now, in pursuit of big $$, the @nba is shamefully retreating.
Its clear that the @NBA is more interested in money than human rights. Tonights statement from Commissioner Silver is an absolute joke, Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott tweeted, referring to Adam Silver. The NBA is kowtowing to Beijing to protect their bottom line and disavowing those with the temerity to #standwithHongKong. Shameful!