‘Stand With Hong Kong’? Not When N.B.A.’s Chinese Fortune Is on the Line
A single tweet catapulted one of China’s favorite sports leagues into a tiptoe act familiar to many companies doing business in the autocratic country.
The NBA is permissive* of its athletes and representatives speaking out on thorny political issues *unless the autocratic leaders of a lucrative growth market don’t like it
Every company that keeps its employees from criticizing China makes it even harder for others to respect or defend free speech. A new norm is taking shape: say what you like about US, Canada, Germany, Britain, but stay quiet on China.