The NBA has publicly apologized to Communist China after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for Hong Kong protesters, but the league has no issue with their employees regularly criticizing President Trump.

See Morey’s now-deleted tweet below:

While NBA players, coaches and staff should be allowed to voice their opinions, it is worth noting that praising pro-Democracy, pro-America demonstrators fighting back against an authoritarian regime is deemed “regrettable” by the league, while calling the sitting president a “bum,” a “clown” and “soulless coward” is acceptable behavior.

The NBA released the following statement in response to the tweet:

We are extremely disappointed by the inappropriate remarks made by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who has undoubtedly seriously hurt the feelings of our Chinese fans. Morey has now clarified that his comments do not represent the position of the Rockets or the NBA. Under the values of the NBA, people can examine topics they find deeply interesting and share their own opinions on matters. We have great respect for China’s history and culture, and hope that sports and the NBA, can be used as positive energy for unity, and continue to be help build a bridge for international cultural exchanges and bring people together.

Houston Rockets team owner Tilman Fertitta said, “We’re here to play basketball and not to offend anybody.”

“We apologize. You know, we love China, we love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year,” Rockets star James Harden told the press.

He continued, “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.”

Even Morey succumbed to the communist government, saying, “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China.”

One might ask why the NBA, the Houston Rockets, Morey and several players immediately buckled to the Chinese, and the answer is simple: Money.

The NBA is the most popular pro-sports league in China and the Houston Rockets are one of the most popular teams in the country after drafting China’s Yao Ming in 2002.

Ming is the chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, who severed ties with the Rockets due to the tweet.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV and Tencent Holdings, who stream NBA games in China, have both suspended Rockets broadcasts in response to the pro-Hong Kong message.

Team sponsors such as sportswear brand Li Ning and the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank have also cut ties with the franchise.

The one positive to come out of this absurd kowtowing to a communist dictatorship is that Americans from both political aisles are speaking out.

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz criticized the NBA for “shamefully retreating” in the pursuit of big money.

Meanwhile, Texas Democrat and presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said, “The only thing the NBA should be apologizing for is their blatant prioritization of profits over human rights.”

Many other prominent politicians and public figures representing multiple ideologies spoke out against the league for buckling:

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