Skip to content
Subscriber Only

NBA on Collision Course With China After Defending Free Speech

  • Adam Silver says NBA doesn’t dictate what people can say
  • China halted broadcast of some games over Hong Kong protests
Bloomberg business news
NBA Gets Shut Out of China Because of One TweetSource: Bloomberg
Updated on

The National Basketball Association remains on a collision course with China after Commissioner Adam Silver defended freedom of expression, signaling that the league won’t back down in the face of outrage over a tweet about the Hong Kong protests.

Hours after China’s state television and Tencent Holdings Ltd. said that they would halt airing and streaming preseason games in the country with 800 million fans, Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters Tuesday that the NBA won’t tell people what they can or can’t say.