Shaquille O’Neal: Rockets GM ‘Was Right’ to Express Support for Hong Kong Protesters

Shaquille O’Neal (Scott Audette/Reuters)

Shaquille O’Neal defended Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Tuesday night, saying that Morey “was right” for tweeting in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Morey has faced heavy backlash for his tweet, which led to criticism from NBA star LeBron James and Chinese censorship of the league in the midst of a Chinese exhibition series.

“As American people, we do a lot of business in China,” O’Neal said. “And they know and understand our values and we understand their values. And one of our best values in America is free speech. We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we’re allowed to speak up on injustices, and that’s just how it goes.”

Morey’s initial tweet of a graphic, which stated, “Fight For Freedom Stand With Hong Kong,” resulted in a PR nightmare for the NBA. Morey quickly deleted the tweet, which was followed by an initial statement from the NBA distancing the league from Morey. The move resulted in widespread criticism from U.S. politicians. When NBA commissioner Adam Silver later attempted to defend Morey’s right to free expression, major Chinese corporate sponsors dropped the league and announced boycotts of NBA broadcasts.

O’Neal’s comments came after James said last week that Morey was not “educated on the situation at hand,” and that “if you don’t feel like you should speak upon things, you shouldn’t have to.”

“Whenever you see something going on wrong anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say that’s not right, and that’s what he did,” O’Neal said. “. . . Here, we have the right to speak. And especially with social media, we’re going to say whatever we want to say, when we want to say it.”




Most Popular


‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’

It was just one more segment to fill out the hour, and thereby fill the long 24 hours of Saturday’s cable news on November 2. Or so it seemed. Navy SEAL Mike Ritland was on the Fox News program Watters World to talk to Jesse Watters about trained German shepherds like the one used in the raid that found ... Read More

A Defining Statement of Modern Conservatism

The greatest documents in American history never lose their ability to astonish. They deserve, and repay, careful study, and inevitably have contemporary resonances no matter how long ago they were written or uttered. There’s no doubt that Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” belongs in the top ranks ... Read More
White House

Impeachment Theater of Trolls

As a boy, I used to watch a television show with a weekly gag titled “MasterJoke Theatre.” A pompous egghead smoked a pipe in a leather-bound chair in a richly appointed library, told a joke, and got a pie in the face for his trouble. What the Democrats launched on the Hill this week is their own variant, ... Read More
White House

The Russian Conspiracy That Won’t Die

The Mueller report accomplished nothing. Whether you thought that the two-year, $32 million investigation was warranted or not, the report promised to establish a factual record that both sides could accept, especially on the explosive charge that Donald Trump had conspired with the Russians to win the ... Read More