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After holding signs supporting Hong Kong protesters, 76ers fans ejected from game

Trey Parker and Matt Stone issue mock apology after South Park is banned in China NBA’s ‘Free Speech’ Argument Exemplifies Western Ignorance of Hong Kong Issues
Emmett Howard | 10 October, 2019, 13:42

Towlie then bashes China - and anyone who does business with the country - before he and Randy shout the profane phrase. Earlier this week, video game studio Blizzard banned esports athletes and casters who had voiced support for Hong Kong on livestreams. The tweet soon set the team's Chinese fans ablaze.

"Ultimately, the decision was made by Wells Fargo Center personnel to remove the guests from the premises, which was accomplished without incident". The site also notes the "policy is subject to change based on the Wells Fargo Center management's discretion and without notice".

The NBA Fan Code of Conduct only prohibits fans from bringing signs with "obscene or indecent messages".

"We are now standing tall behind the basket with our Free Hong Kong shirts on".

On the way out of the arena, one of the ejected fans reportedly told a local news outlet that security said, "no foul language, no politics". Do they enforce it? It is somewhat ironic that it took professional sports to alert many Americans to how problematic China is.

US National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver's comments on free speech and refusal to apologize to China for Houston Rockets General Manager (GM) Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong has triggered a series of severed ties and disdain for the NBA in mainland China.

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The Shanghai Sports Federation scrapped a planned fan event on Wednesday night to promote the Lakers-Nets game, slated for the following day.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters, who are seeking to maintain and expand their freedoms, ignited a geopolitical firestorm that is consuming the National Basketball Association.

The NBA's efforts to please the Chinese government appear not to be limited to the issuance of obsequious press statements and the disavowal of criticism of the oppressive Communist regime. The preseason matchups in China between the Lakers and Nets were also removed from broadcaster CCTV's schedule.

In an attempt at damage control, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued another statement Tuesday saying that he won't censor players or team owners over China or other issues, arguing that the league is motivated by much more than money, and freedom of expression must be protected.

With the arena lights still dark and images of the Chinese flag aglow on the overhead scoreboard, a single protester in section 217 held a handwritten sign and shouted for freedom of speech and freedom for Hong Kong.

The commissioner's attempt to toe the line backfired on both fronts, as many U.S. citizens are saying Silver did not actually take a position, and those from China see that move as a showing of the NBA's ignorance and xenophobia.

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