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It started when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey posted a (now-deleted) tweet with an image that said “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” Within hours, The Chinese Basketball Association, sportswear brand Li-Ning, SPD Bank, state broadcaster CCTV’s sports, and tech-giant Tencent all announced they would suspend business with the Rockets. We know the Chinese government organized this swift punishment because so many Chinese entities shunned the team so quickly; in China that only happens with official approval.

Morey, under pressure, issued a partial apology, saying, “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event.”

The NBA issued a measured statement in English calling Morey’s views “regrettable,” and a more apologetic statement in Chinese, saying, “We are extremely disappointed in the inappropriate remarks made by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey.”

Beijing is costing the Rockets millions while pressing them to apologize — and implicitly threatening every other NBA team. The punishment came before the trial. That’s how coercion works. It’s how the Chinese Communist Party operates.

Lawmakers and Democratic presidential candidates have quickly and rightly criticized the NBA today for folding on human rights in pursuit of cash in China. But it’s not the NBA’s job to stand up to the Chinese government; that’s a job for the U.S. government.
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