Hillary Clinton swipes at NBA over Hong Kong controversy
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE on Tuesday appeared to criticize the NBA over its efforts to apologize for a tweet sent by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of protesters in Hong Kong.

In a tweet, the former secretary of State said that all Americans have the right to criticize China's authoritarian government, while not naming the NBA scandal specifically.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, is the latest high-profile politician to weigh in on the controversy, which sparked bipartisan criticism from lawmakers in Washington after the NBA and Houston Rockets star James Harden issued separate apologies for Morey's now-deleted tweet backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.


The Rockets, despite the apologies, have reportedly been blacklisted from Chinese media and sports entities.

"The people of Hong Kong have risked much more than money to defend their freedom of expression, human rights, and autonomy. I hope the @NBA can learn from that courage and not abandon those values for the sake of their bottom line," tweeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump McConnell says he'll be in 'total coordination' with White House on impeachment trial strategy MORE (R-Ky.).

“The NBA and its owners must ask yourselves if your corporate profits are of greater importance than the ideals of liberty that comprise the bedrock of America,” added Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellHouse panel votes to temporarily repeal SALT deduction cap On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday House panel to consider temporarily repealing SALT deduction cap MORE (D-N.J.) in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.