The NBA is still managing the fallout of Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday, the controversy made its way into the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where two 76ers fans were escorted out of the arena after holding up signs and cheering in support of the protests.
In a statement, the Wells Fargo Center described the scene as a “situation that was disrupting the live event experience of our guests,” and said that several warnings were given before the fans were ejected.
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The NBA is still attempting to navigate its way through a controversy that began with a tweet last week.
On Friday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a message supporting the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The tweet was immediately met with criticism from the NBA’s business partners in China, who pulled out of events as the Rockets front office and league commissioner Adam Silver went into damage control.
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On Tuesday night, the debate surrounding free speech in regard to the protests in Hong Kong came to a head at the Philadelphia 76ers exhibition game against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association — a tune-up ahead of the start of the regular season.
At the game, two fans held up signs that read “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK” in the stands. As Sam Wachs told CBS3, security took the signs shortly after tip-off, telling him “no politics.”
Wachs said that he lived in Hong Kong for two years and supported the protests. He and his wife were escorted out of the arena in the second quarter of the game after he stood up and yelled “Free Hong Kong.”
Wachs later tweeted a video of him and his wife being escorted out of the arena by security, saying “Hey @NBA @sixers – you are letting greed get the better of you. It matters who you do business with. Stand up to China.”
Hey @NBA @sixers – you are letting greed get the better of you. It matters who you do business with. Stand up to China. https://t.co/zeMmHR7wJ6 https://t.co/LeO0LwV7nn
— Sam Wachs (@gogowachs) October 9, …read more
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