The NBA had yet another mishap stemming from the situation in China today. During a press conference with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the two major stars from the team at the center of the situation, the Houston Rockets, CNN’s Christina Macfarlane had a question very aggressively shut down.
Popular NBA figures have had a very difficult time responding to questions about the league’s relationship with China, amid the large-scale protests in Hong Kong, and other controversies centered on the country. The league’s two most politically outspoken head coaches, Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich, declined to really speak up, to the delight of President Donald Trump.
Today, Macfarlane was in the process of asking Harden and Westbrook if they’d hesitate to speak on social issues moving forward, given the international controversy sparked by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet about the Honk Kong protests. Before either star guard could answer, a team spokesperson shut down the question, stating that the two players would only be discussing basketball.