“It’s part of Americana that we export to the world, those uniquely American values, that First Amendment, that freedom of speech,” National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver said in January during an appearance on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” “I’m thrilled at the fact that players in this league are comfortable speaking out on issues that are important to them.”Is that so? If the past 48 hours were all you had to go on, that might seem like a startling assertion. Over the weekend, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted and then deleted a brief statement of support for the pro democracy protesters in Hong Kong. He swiftly apologized, saying he was “merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event.” By Monday morning, the NBA released a statement saying that Morey’s remarks had “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.
EssilorLuxottica submitted its offer to the European Commission on Monday, a filing on the EU executive’s site showed. The EU competition enforcer will decide by April 12 whether to clear or block the deal.EssilorLuxottica is fighting GrandVision in a Dutch court over their deal agreement.EssilorLuxottica was formed in 2018 through a merger of French lens manufacturer Essilor and Italian spectacles maker Luxottica and also makes eyewear for luxury brands such as Chanel, Prada and Versace.In a court filing last year it said EU antitrust regulators had demanded that it divest stores in Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands to win approval for the deal.It said the demand included the sale of Dutch retail chains Pearle and Eye Wish Opticiens.EssilorLuxottica has since convinced the EU competition enforcer to narrow the scope of required divestments to three countries, the person said, declining to provide further detail.The Commission will now seek feedback from rivals, suppliers and customers before deciding whether to accept the offer, ask for more or block the deal.($1 = 0.8281 euros) (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Jason Neely)This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Top Stories Newsletter Sign up to receive the daily top stories from the , a division of Inc.Email Address There was an error, please provide a valid email address.By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails.