Two Philadelphia 76ers fans were ejected from a preseason NBA game Tuesday night after chanting “Free Hong Kong.”
A man named Sam Wachs and his wife began the chant as the 76ers were hosting the Guangzhou Long Lions, a Chinese basketball team. (RELATED: 76ers Land Jimmy Butler. Does This Make Them Eastern Conference Favorites?)
— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) October 9, 2019
The NBA has developed a brand as the most progressive league in sports, but have not been willing to put their money where their mouth is when it concerns actual human rights violations. Protests over a proposed extradition bill have lasted for months in Hong Kong. The Chinese government has begun to crack down on the protesters, recently enacting a law that bans face masks during protests. (RELATED: Steve Kerr Refuses To Give Opinion On Daryl Morey And China)
Of interest, the Long Lions are set to play in Washington D.C. Wednesday night.
So the @WashWizards play the Guangzhou Long-Lions tonight in DC.
— CesarConda (@CesarConda) October 9, 2019
It’s very likely that the game will attract more protesters. How will the Wizards react?