U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement that China asked the NBA to fire Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, for his tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. 

“It’s good that Morey still has his job and the NBA deserves credit there. Let’s put this in perspective though: When an American citizen stands for basic human rights, the Chinese Communist Party tries to get him fired. But when a Chinese citizen stands for basic human rights, the Chinese Communist Party has a way of making them disappear.”