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NBA loves free speech as long as it doesn't cost anything

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When it comes to sports, most people are thinking football this time of year. But last week will be remembered as an epochal week for the NBA.

The league that prides itself on being outspoken for liberal values basically adopted China's policy on free speech.

Players and coaches were not allowed to speak to media before or after preseason games in China. At a press conference in Japan, a CNN reporter was shut down for asking a problematic question.

Two fans in Philadelphia were kicked out of game for carrying signs supporting anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.

For a taste of what Americans think of all this, a GoFundMe campaign started raising money to print "Stand With Hong Kong" T-shirts. They will be handed out for free at the Los Angeles Lakers regular season opener.

As of Friday morning, it had raised almost $43,000.

And to think it all started with a tweet by Houston general manager Daryl Morey on Oct. 4:

"Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong."

China's Communist rulers were not pleased. They quickly cut or suspended partnerships with the NBA and sent the Rockets completely down the memory hole, removing all merchandise from stores and e-commerce........

© The Korea Times