October 8, 2019 / 9:36 AM / a month ago

NBA's Silver says won't regulate what players, employees say on issues

An NBA logo is seen on the facade of its flagship store at the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing, China October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

(Reuters) - National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver said on Tuesday it is not up to the NBA to regulate what players, employees and team owners say amid anger from China over a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressing support for Hong Kong’s protesters.

“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues,” Silver said in a statement. “It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences.” 

Chinese state television said on Tuesday it would not air NBA exhibition games played in the country this week, heaping further pressure on the U.S. basketball league.

Reporting by Se Young Lee; editing by Jason Neely

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