Hundreds of people gathered at Southorn Playground sports ground in downtown Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 14, to show solidarity with Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
READ MORE: National Basketball Association superstar Lebron James says he believes Morey didn’t consider the “consequences” of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, sparking tensions between the league and China.
“I believe he [Houston GM Daryl Morey] wasn’t educated on the situation at hand,” James told reporters Monday.
The Los Angeles Lakers star later clarified his remarks on Twitter. “Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that,” he said
The controversy started when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”
Morey has since deleted the tweet but the response from Chinese companies and the public was swift, with many suspending ties with the Rockets, one of the most popular teams in China because of its former star center, Yao Ming.