(CBS) Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters saying he didnt intend to offend any of the teams Chinese fans or sponsors. A short time after Morey posted that statement the NBA said it was regrettable" that the deleted tweet offended many in China. It followed several companies in China including some of the NBAs major business partners there lashing out over Moreys original tweet. Morey tweeted an image that read Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong" referring to the four-month-old protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. That led to Houston owner Tilman Fertitta turning to Twitter to say Morey doesnt speak for the Rockets and sparked an outcry that included the Chinese Basketball Association whose president is Yao Ming the former Rockets star center saying it was suspending its relationship with the team.
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