76ers fans were reportedly kicked out of a preseason game for hoisting 'Free Hong Kong' signs

The Week 2 months ago

Daryl Morey feels your pain, Sam Wachs.

Wachs said he and his wife were kicked out of a preseason NBA game in Philadelphia between the hometown 76ers and the Guangzhou Loong-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association on Tuesday night because they were holding signs that read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK." Wachs said the signs were initially confiscated by security, but when they resorted to chanting "Free Hong Kong," they got the boot.

The ejection comes after Morey, the Houston Rockets' general manager, tweeted and deleted a post supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy, anti-Beijing protest movement. China was rattled by the tweet and several businesses, including the Chinese Basketball Association, ended their relationship with the Rockets. Beijing suspended the broadcast of NBA preseason games, and the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA cares event in Shanghai scheduled for Wednesday was canceled. NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended Morey's right to free speech, but the league largely seems to be cowering from the situation. The NBA apologized to China's fan base, which is a huge driver of a revenue for the league. Do the math, as they say.

It's unclear if security was directed to throw Wachs and his wife out of the arena by the Sixers (who did not comment on the matter) or the league. Either way, the ejection seems to have a struck a nerve.

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A 76ers fan said he and his wife were kicked out of the team's preseason game for bringing pro-Hong Kong signage and chanting "Free Hong Kong!"
Washington Examiner › Sports › 2 months ago
Two fans were kicked out of a Philadelphia 76ers game in Philadelphia after they brought signs that said "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK."
CNBC › Sports › 2 months ago
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Newsweek › Sports › 2 months ago
The man and his wife held up signs which read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK" during the first quarter. After the signs were taken away, he stood up to yell "free Hong Kong," during the second quarter and was ejected shortly afterward.
New York Post › Sports › 2 months ago
A pair of fans holding “Free Hong Kong” signs were booted from a Philadelphia 76ers game against Chinese squad Guangzhou Loong Lions Tuesday night, according to new reports. Sam Wachs and his wife had attended the preseason game at the Wells Fargo...
Fox News › Sports › 2 months ago
A Philadelphia 76ers fan said Wells Fargo Center security ejected him and his wife from the stands Tuesday after they brought in pro-Hong Kong signage for a preseason game against Guangzhou Loong Lions.
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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...
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The protest came days after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for demonstrators in Hong Kong, which drew an instant rebuke from the league and partners in China.
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