Protesters handed out T-shirts and held up indicators in assist of Hong Kong on Wednesday evening when the Washington Wizards hosted a group from the Chinese language Basketball Affiliation.
The Wizards beat the Guangzhou Lengthy-Lions 137-98 in a sport that included greater than a half-dozen protests inside Capital One Area over the NBA’s ongoing rift with the Chinese language authorities.
Protesters handed out “Free Hong Kong” T-shirts on the road outdoors the sector earlier than the exhibition sport. The protesters, who mentioned they had been from Freedom Home, held up indicators studying, “Disgrace the NBA,” ”South Park was proper“ and ”Memo to the NBA: Rules over revenue! No censorship! USA loves Hong Kong.“
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The NBA has not apologized for Morey’s remarks.
A Freedom Home spokeswoman mentioned some members had been planning to protest inside throughout the sport. A spokeswoman for Victims of Communism Memorial Basis mentioned the group was planning handy out T-shirts inside the sector throughout the sport in numerous sections near the court docket.
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Inside the sector, there have been a handful of disruptions within the crowd.
After the enjoying of the Chinese language nationwide anthem, one fan shouted, “Freedom of expression! Freedom of speech! Free Hong Kong!” One other fan shouted for a free Hong Kong from the second stage throughout the second quarter.
Minutes later, safety approached one fan holding up a “Free Tibet” signal and one other holding the Tibet flag. Safety tried to take the signal, and the fan refused to offer it up. Safety then adopted them from their seats and out of the decrease bowl.
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Wizards coach Scott Brooks mentioned that he heard one protester on the finish of the Chinese language nationwide anthem.
“Apart from that, I didn’t hear it,” Brooks mentioned. “I used to be targeted on the sport.”
Brooks mentioned he didn’t hear any of his gamers discuss in regards to the protests and he by no means talked about it to his gamers.
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A Wizards spokesman mentioned in a press release: “The constructing safety employees eliminated indicators tonight in accordance with Capital One Area’s long-standing indicators, banners, posters and flag coverage. No followers had been requested to go away the sport.”
The same scene performed out in Philadelphia on Tuesday throughout a sport between Guangzhou and the 76ers. Two followers had been eliminated by area safety for holding indicators and chanting in assist of Hong Kong.
CJ Harris had 25 factors within the loss for the Chinese language group.
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