Chinese fans give Rockets cold shoulder

By Ji Yuqiao Source:Global Times Published: 2019/10/10 16:58:41

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Chinese fans of the Houston Rockets have shifted their attention from the professional basketball team to real rockets, or Chinese all-girl group 101 Rocket Girls, and have even updated their social media following a tweet blunder on Sunday. 

A Chinese netizen changed his introduction on his Sina Weibo account from being a fan of the Houston Rockets to a fan of the 101 Rocket Girls, a Chinese idol group, as uproar continues after the basketball team's general manager, Daryl Morey, voiced his support for the Hong Kong riots on his Twitter account.

The netizen confirmed to the Global Times on Wednesday night that Morey's tweet and attitude on Hong Kong riots made him decide to stop following the team and posting information about them.  

He even uploaded videos of the girl group singing and dancing on Monday. 

Another netizen posted a photo of an actual rocket on a popular Houston Rockets fan page on Baidu Tieba, one of China's largest online forums, and said that after 10 years, the online forum had finally returned to loving real rockets.  

Net users stood in unison. The forum issued a statement that said all news, schedules and game results related to the Houston Rockets would no longer be uploaded onto the site and called on the members to safeguard national interests. 

"This Rockets forum should post more information about real rockets," one of the users wrote while introducing Chinese rockets such as the Long March-5.

Morey's tweet continues to cause widespread uproar on Chinese social media. It has not only irritated the team's Chinese fans but has triggered a series of rejections from business partners.

China Central Television (CCTV) and Chinese live streaming platform Tencent said on Tuesday they would immediately suspend broadcasts of all NBA pre-season games in China. 


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