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Japan: Houston Rockets star James Harden apologises for GM's China comments

Japan, Saitama
October 08, 2019 at 12:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

NBA team Houston Rockets' superstar James Harden made a public apology to China in the Japanese city of Saitama on Monday following the international controversy surrounding Rockets' General Manager Daryl Morey's tweet supporting the anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

"We apologise you know, we love China, we love playing here, I know for both of us individually we go there, you know, once or twice a year they show us the most important love so we appreciate them as a fan base," he said. "We love everything, you know, they are about, and you know we appreciate the support they give us individually and as an organization, so we love you."

The comments were made before the eagerly awaited NBA preseason game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.

While Morey apologised for his now-deleted tweet in support of Hong Kong's "fight for freedom," Chinese companies and networks including state-run television network CCTV, streaming service Tencent and online shopping giant Alibaba suspended NBA broadcasts and product listings on Tuesday, after Silver voiced his support for the Houston Rockets general manager's "freedom of expression."

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NBA team Houston Rockets' superstar James Harden made a public apology to China in the Japanese city of Saitama on Monday following the international controversy surrounding Rockets' General Manager Daryl Morey's tweet supporting the anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

"We apologise you know, we love China, we love playing here, I know for both of us individually we go there, you know, once or twice a year they show us the most important love so we appreciate them as a fan base," he said. "We love everything, you know, they are about, and you know we appreciate the support they give us individually and as an organization, so we love you."

The comments were made before the eagerly awaited NBA preseason game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.

While Morey apologised for his now-deleted tweet in support of Hong Kong's "fight for freedom," Chinese companies and networks including state-run television network CCTV, streaming service Tencent and online shopping giant Alibaba suspended NBA broadcasts and product listings on Tuesday, after Silver voiced his support for the Houston Rockets general manager's "freedom of expression."

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