Daryl Morey addresses controversy over China tweet in 76ers press conference

Chase Hughes
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Daryl Morey addresses controversy over China tweet originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

New Sixers president Daryl Morey likely learned a few lessons from the controversy he ignited with a tweet about protests in China last October while he was the general manager of the Rockets. He deleted the original tweet and weathered the fallout as the league lost an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Morey hasn't commented much on the matter since, but he was asked on Monday at his introductory press conference in Philly a question involving the topic.

Morey gave a general defense of speaking out about political matters.

"I do believe a lot – and I know Doc [Rivers] and Elton [Brand] agree with me – with using this platform to push things that are important...I do believe in using the platform," he said via NBC Sports.

Morey's experience has since sparked debate about players and teams using their stature to raise awareness for political issues. It has become a primary concern of the players, especially in 2020 as social justice matters have reached the forefront. But after Morey's controversy, players have stopped short of commenting on matters involving China, which is one of the league's most lucrative business partners.

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Some speculated whether Morey would get another job after he abruptly left the Rockets in the middle of October. But he quickly landed in Philly, a sign the financial fallout he caused did not significantly affect his standing around the league.

Morey tweeted in support of protestors who were objecting to Chinese policies involving individual freedoms and interference in semi-autonomous Hong Kong. Morey weighed in as tensions had boiled over into violent clashes between citizens and the government.

The NBA lost lots of money because of the conflict but has since made efforts to repair the relationship. They got NBA Finals games back on Chinese TV last month, for instance.