One thing is for certain, leashes simply do not get any shorter than that. You send a guy all the way over from China to help head the American division of your Chinese newspaper, and then fire him after he asks one inappropriate question (albeit repeatedly)? Didn't even give the poor bastard a chance to shake off the culture shock before they had him boarding the next flight back far east? They basically threw this guy in the lion's den and got pissed off when he came back with a couple flesh wounds. He pisses off one NBA player and he gets the rug ripped out from under him? Hasn't this company ever heard of occupational hazards? The more aggravated the athlete the more viral the interaction.
I gotta tell you, I don't like this one bit. Sure, he asked just about the most offensive question possible by trying to correlate basketball stats with the damage done by a natural disaster, but I am pretty sure his heart was in the right place. Success in his industry is based on persevering in the undying quest to get noticed and he got damn near every single eye and ear on some Chinese publication that literally no one outside of Asia has ever heard of. He may have gotten his company some bad publicity, but that's more publicity than they had before Draymond Green chewed him up and spit him out ALL over social media. He may have went about it unconventionally, but this guy did his job to perfection. Fucking China doesn't even know a good contrarian news reporter when they see one. Let one hour of criticism cost them their only employee that wasn't afraid to go out on the leanest of limbs for a soundbite. This is like the stock trader that tries to explain a flaw in the system to his superiors and gets completely ignored because it's his first month on the job. Congrats to this Chinese news source. Enjoy the last three months of your existence. At least you'll perish with your journalistic integrity, right? Probably would have asked every American based newspaper how much they were enjoying their imminent demise before you canned the one guy that wouldn't hesitate to ask the hard hitting, non-sensical questions that cause just enough controversy to get clicks.