China's official basketball association has announced it will suspend cooperation with the Rockets after general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. In a statement chairman Yao Ming stated.
"The Chinese Basketball Association said Sunday on its Twitter-like Weibo account that Morey had made "improper remarks regarding Hong Kong" to which it expressed its "strong opposition."
Morey's now-deleted tweet read: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."
In a statement tweeted Sunday, Morey attempted to clarify the matter.
"I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China," Morey said in the statement. "I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives."
The NBA has issued a statement saying that all perspectives have value and are supported by them.