Houston Rockets star James Harden has offered an apology as the controversy over general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet of support for Hong Kong protesters continues to grow at a crucial time for the NBA in China.

Harden spoke while standing with teammate Russell Westbrook at a practice in Tokyo on Monday, three days after Morey posted a now-deleted tweet that read: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

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The incident has proven to come at a particularly awkward moment for the league, whose players have often been outspoken about social issues in the United States.

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