Money Talks, Democracy Walks as Harden Apologizes to China


Harden Apologizes China
Harden: “We apologize. You know, we love China.

James Harden, one of the NBA’s biggest stars, apologizes to the entire country of China. But not without consequence as he was universally criticised back home as his comments were seen as unpatriotic and anit freedom of speech.

On Monday morning after a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey created problems for the organization and the league there.

Morey expressed solidarity with Hong Kong in a since-deleted tweet that has stirred controversy and resulted in the team losing sponsorships and TV deals. Morey’s tweet, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” was in support of the semi-autonomous country while protests continue.

Harden apologizes to China: ‘We love you’

The Rockets are in Tokyo for two preseason games against the Toronto Raptors this week. Harden, with Russell Westbrook by his side during practice, apologized to China and voiced appreciation for the team’s large fan base.


“We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love.”

“We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you.”


Dean Nestor

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