Fox News & Ed Henry said on Friday that NBA stars have disappointed fans because they did not stand for independence in the wake of recent controversy over Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting protesters in Hong Kong.
"This makes me happy. I love the NBA. … These NBA stars frustrate me and many people because they don't stand for freedom! They don't even stand for America, to some." case, "the senior national correspondent told" Fox & Friends. "
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Henry responds to a clip showing a Houston Rockets media relations official shutting down a reporter's question with stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook on Thursday amid ongoing controversy surrounding the NBA and China.
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A video posted on Twitter by The Athletic & # 39; s Rockets insider Alykhan Bijani, appeared on CNN's Christina Macfarlane asking about whether Harden and Westbrook are "feeling weird about speaking out." About geopolitical issues in the future due to the collapse from this week, which saw the stars and coaches seem uncomfortable answering China's specific questions. m a public rebuke from President Trump.
But instead of allowing the two to answer the general question, the spokesperson retired almost immediately and told Macfarlane that the questions would be about basketball topics. When the spokesman said the question had been answered this week, Macfarlane returned and said it was a "legitimate question."
The league claims the employee made a mistake by not allowing the reporter's question.
The NBA-China controversy stems from a single tweet sent by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. rights when it comes to criticizing President Trump, but not doing the same with China.
"But then be consistent and stand up to communist China and they don't do it because the NBA makes big money in China." Fox Nation host themed "Front Row Seat."
Fox News & # 39; Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.