Really NBA? In Philadelphia of all places?! This is atrocious!
The city that is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution is the latest spot for the NBA kowtowing to Chinese communist sentiment on stifling free speech and squashing support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
That’s just lovely.
A couple holding “Free Hong Kong” signs at an NBA preseason game were escorted out of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for their support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Sam Wachs and his wife were confronted by NBA staff and their signs were confiscated. Wachs admits that it was after he stood up and shouted “Free Hong Kong!” that he and his wife were escorted out of the building. The preseason game was between the 76ers and Guangzhou Loong Lions, a team from China.
What were the 76ers named for again? The signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 where the colonies joined together to oppose tyranny? Well, that’s a bit awkward…
In an interview with ABC 6 Action News, Wachs explains what happened:
“There’s no foul language, no politics.’ I asked ‘Why not?’ They said, ‘Don’t give me a hard time,'” Wachs said in an interview with Action News.
Wachs admitted he then stood up and started yelling “Free Hong Kong” before being escorted out.
“I think it’s shameful, harsh reaction,” Wachs added.
Source: ABC 6
these are the signs that led to two fans being kicked out of Tuesday’s 76ers vs. Guangzhou Loong Lions game *in Philadelphia* pic.twitter.com/xzQxhNyqIy
— David Paulk 波大卫 (@davidpaulk) October 9, 2019
— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) October 9, 2019
It’s shocking that this kind of thing happened in Philadelphia.
The Founding Fathers would be horrified that the NBA has caved to Chinese censorship and anti-democracy sentiment in the same city that democracy and freedom of speech (among other things) were enshrined as American ideals.
Twitter users had some thoughts, too:
Need to call your slave master yet? pic.twitter.com/2XlQsbOjRy
— Aristol (@Zeega333) October 9, 2019
we can fight back all of us together! pic.twitter.com/4MFU3gGb5T
— Joanne (@Joanne84755048) October 9, 2019
What was signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia? pic.twitter.com/6uSejmEsHE
— ChanHim (@ChanHim8) October 9, 2019
— Wong lee sing (@ro321233) October 9, 2019
America, 2019. pic.twitter.com/YCiBjVF6h0
— 自由の裏アカ (@TOQ9LOXVqshdv3C) October 9, 2019
— beardedrampage (@BeardedRampage) October 9, 2019
This is happening on American 🇺🇸 soil?
Absurd! You don’t get kicked out by publicly insulting Trump. But Getting kicked out for shouting out #FreedomHK ? 🇭🇰 freedom of speech is dying quick. All thx to China’s hegemony. #XiJinping #ResistBeijing pic.twitter.com/moS9N6DhTV
— Jennifer HY Chan 🇭🇰⛱ (@Jennifer_hk2019) October 9, 2019
— ⚡️ “Stable” Genius Anti-CCP🌐⚡️ (@edwincwc) October 9, 2019
— Brian Yip (@BrianYip0) October 9, 2019
— JW (@thejediwalker) October 9, 2019
— z (@z95835241) October 9, 2019
— HKLAW (@Lawly101) October 9, 2019
— Jocelyn Dawson (@thegirlonset) October 9, 2019
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