By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN, the Houston Rockets are a politics free team. Even the owner, Tilman Fertitta, has separated himself from a social media post by General Manager Daryl Morey.
On Friday night, Morey posted an image supporting protestors in Hong Kong, China. Morey’s Twitter post has been deleted; however, ESPN is reporting it said, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”
Fertitta said he was compelled to act, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, and clarify that the team ‘does not take political positions.’ While it seems like he may be mad at his general manager, Fertitta said there are ‘no issues’ with Morey.
“I have the best general manager in the league,” Fertitta said. “Everything is fine with Daryl and me. We got a huge backlash, and I wanted to make clear that [the organization] has no [political] position. We’re here to play basketball and not to offend anybody.”
The protests that Morey reference are known as the “Anti Extradition Las Amendment Bill (ELAB) Movement. These are protests in Hong Kong that initially began as an opposition to the Fugitive Offenders Amendment bill that was proposed by the Hong Kong government.
The bill, if it was enacted, would give local authorities to ‘detain and extradite criminal fugitives, who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China.’ The people — who are protesting — are concerned that the will would ‘subject Hong Kong residents and visitors to the mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and its civil liberties.’
These protests have been going on since March 31st, 2019. Besides various spots around Hong Kong, there have been protests for this cause abroad, as well.