Kyrie Irving addresses China issues, closed-door meeting with Adam Silver

Protests spark Kyrie Irving to weigh in on NBA’s China controversy

Protests spark Kyrie Irving to weigh in on NBA’s China controversy

Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement made their presence felt Friday as the Brooklyn Nets played their first game in NY since they were caught in the middle of the NBA's rift with China.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin previously reported that Irving had asked aloud whether the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers should consider not playing because of the political tension.

Irving specifically addressed what transpired in a closed-door meeting between players and National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver on October 9 in Shanghai, saying he meant to keep private what he said in the meeting. They break down the Raptors' game, a loss for the Nets, and try to glean some of the plan going forward.

In a statement issued to media, Tenzin Dorjee, senior researcher and strategist at Tibet Action Institute, said."It is crucial that people of conscience around the world speak up for Hong Kongers who are battling for their freedom right now, and also for the people of Tibet, East Turkestan (Xinjiang) and China itself, where Chinese authorities are carrying out an unprecedented human rights crackdown".

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson declined to comment on the fans wearing pro-Hong Kong attire and chanting about team owner Joe Tsai, who lives in Hong Kong and penned an impassioned open letter explaining how the protests are a sensitive nerve in mainland China that Houston GM Daryl Morey unwittingly irritated. "They're all wearing "Stand With Hong Kong" t-shirts", Ali tweeted. In his post, Tsai wrote that Morey's tweet was "damaging" to Chinese fans.

He predicted in a Facebook post that the "hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to fix".

Nets star Kyrie Irving, who played just one minute of the first game in China against the Lakers after aggravating a facial injury he had suffered in practice, said he understood why the activists were protesting Chinese policies. But there's enough oppression and stuff going on in America for me not to be involved in the community issues here as well. "Government gets involved, it impacts different communities in different ways".

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