US senator criticizes NBA for siding with China against Hong Kong protesters

Ted Cruz backs Rockets general manager for supporting Hong Kong protesters, says NBA only in it for money

US Senator Ted Cruz (Pixabay image)

US Senator Ted Cruz (Pixabay image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted his disappointment on Monday (Oct. 7) about the NBA's official apology to China after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey showed his support for protesters in Hong Kong.

On Saturday, Morey had posted an image with the words, "Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong," on his personal Twitter account. A screenshot of his message was widely shared on Chinese media, prompting fury among Chinese netizens.

China has since suspended business ties with the Houston Rockets, despite efforts to distance the team from Morey. The NBA issued official statements in both English and Chinese on Monday, saying it was "regrettable" that Chinese fans were offended, according to The Guardian.

Cruz, a longtime Rockets supporter, joined politicians Andrew Yang and Julian Castro in support of Morey's stance on Hong Kong. Cruz tweeted, "I was proud to see Daryl Morey call out the Chinese Communist Party's repressive treatment of protesters in Hong Kong."

Cruz added that the NBA is more interested in money than human rights. Cruz has long been a supporter of Taiwan and will attend Taiwan’s National Day celebrations on Thursday.