Adam Silver attended the first TIME 100 health summit and reiterated his support for Daryl Morey’s right to express his opinion without consequences. As we found out, the Chinese government wanted serious consequences. They flat out demanded that Morey be fired for the Tweet. Silver dismissed that idea. (via TIME)
“We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him. These American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go. And one of those values is free expression. We wanted to make sure that everyone understood we were supporting free expression.”
Silver addressed the backlash that happened towards the league after their first press release, many considered lukewarm. He acknowledged he was maybe too diplomatic in trying to support Morey’s freedom of speech, but not get into the substance of the protest. But as he said, no form of discipline was in question.
The main criticism of LeBron in this whole drama was comparing his previous political actions and this one, concluding LeBron is outspoken only when there’s not much to lose. For the past 11 years, LeBron always says he “doesn’t know enough” about China to comment. You know you messed up when South Park runs an episode on you. If we are going by that criteria, the NBA has taken a real stand and has already suffered significant losses. (via TIME)
“The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic.”
The NBA and China seem to have managed to soften the rhetoric in the past few days, but with fans preparing “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” t-shirts, and we may see another escalation. Whatever may be, financial losses will happen, and it remains to be seen how deep of an impact they will have on the bottom line and consequently on the salary cap.