A spokesman for China's foreign ministry released a statement regarding the Rockets general manager. . NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that Chinese officials demanded Morey be fired. . Obviously, we made clear that we were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business. , Adam Silver, via 'Time' 100 Health Summit. We said, 'There's no chance that's happening. There's no chance we'll even discipline him.' , Adam Silver, via 'Time' 100 Health Summit. The Chinese government canceled NBA media events and refused to broadcast NBA preseason games . in response to a tweet by Morey in support of protesters in the Hong Kong riots on Oct. 4. . Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong. , Daryl Morey, via Twitter. Morey has since apologized for his tweet.