Friday night, Morey posted a photo bearing the words “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong.” Given the strong emotions involved in the China-Hong Kong dispute, the tweet sparked outrage. Morey has received copious hate tweets and death threats. Later that night, the Rockets organization—including owner Tilman Fertitta—tried to distance itself from Morey’s tweet, basically saying, “Hey, we have no idea why this guy said that; we had nothing to do with it, so don’t blame us.”

Listen....@dmorey does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets. Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the @NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization. @espn

— Tilman Fertitta (@TilmanJFertitta) October 5, 2019