NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement on Monday and seemingly tried to appease everybody. The widely revered commissioner expressed support for Morey's right to free speech—"the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues"—while at the same time demonstrating the league's love for China.

CCTV, for one, was not satisfied. “We believe any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability do not belong to the category of free speech," the broadcast network said in a statement.

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