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Chinese TV scraps plans to show NBA exhibition games

China's state broadcaster has scrapped plans to show two US NBA basketball pre-season exhibition games, as the row over a team executive's tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters grows.

Houston Rockets boss Daryl Morey apologised after his tweet, from which the club and NBA distanced themselves.

In response, Chinese broadcasters said they would stop showing Rockets games.

But now China Central Television says it will "immediately suspend" plans to show the LA Lakers-Brooklyn Nets games.

"We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech," the station said on its social media account.

It added that as well not showing the pre-season matches it would "immediately investigate all co-operation and communication involving the NBA".

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