Hillary Clinton swipes at NBA over Hong Kong controversy

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday appeared to criticize the NBA over its efforts to apologize for a tweet sent by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of protesters in Hong Kong.

In a tweet, the former secretary of State said that all Americans have the right to criticize China’s authoritarian government, while not naming the NBA scandal specifically.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, is the latest high-profile politician to weigh in on the controversy, which sparked bipartisan criticism from lawmakers in Washington after the NBA and Houston Rockets star James Harden issued separate apologies for Morey’s now-deleted tweet backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

The Rockets, despite the apologies, have reportedly been blacklisted from Chinese media and sports entities.

“The people of Hong Kong have risked much more than money to defend their freedom of expression, human rights, and autonomy. I hope the @NBA can learn from that courage and not abandon those values for the sake of their bottom line,” tweeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“The NBA and its owners must ask yourselves if your corporate profits are of greater importance than the ideals of liberty that comprise the bedrock of America,” added Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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