Backlash Forces NBA to Allow ‘Free Hong Kong’ Custom Jerseys


The NBA has reversed its disgraceful ban on the purchase of custom jerseys with the slogan “Free Hong Kong” on them.

On Monday, customers attempting to purchase a custom NBA jersey with “Free Hong Kong” printed on it, but found the request forbidden.

Social media exploded with reports that the NBA’s official store allowed all sorts of Black Lives Matter, anti-Jew, anti-cop, and anti-American slogans on shirts but not the phrase “Free Hong Kong.”

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“The NBA bans you, the fan, from putting #freehongkong on customized league jerseys even as they allow players to wear customized jerseys,” Clay Travis tweeted Monday.

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Travis included a short video clip showing him trying to put “Free Hong Kong” into the NBA’s customization field on its website. But when he tried to type in “Free Hong Kong,” the site would not allow the phrase.

“We are unable to customize this item with the text you have entered,” the website says after the phrase is typed in. “Please try a different entry.”

Other users tried a variety of “free” phrases, and all were allowed except “free Hong Kong.”

The NBA store even allowed “Kill Cops,” and “Burn Jews,” but not “free Hong Kong.”

As the Washington Free Beacon noted, a litany of hate-filled phrases were allowed, including:

  • F—K HONG KONG
  • DEFUND POLICE
  • ABOLISH COPS
  • BEWARE OF JEWS
  • SNEAKY JEWS
  • BAN GYPSIES
  • XI FOR LIFE
  • CANCEL ISRAEL
  • NINE 11 HOAX
  • END TAIWAN
  • ENSLAVE TIBET
  • TRUMP HAS AIDS
  • PENCE IS GAY
  • UYGHURS LIE

Even as the NBA continues to kowtow to their multimillion-dollar business partner, the Chinese government has formally ended freedom in Hong Kong with a new law that criminalizes pro-democracy protests. Last week, Chinese security forces from the mainland flooded into Hong Kong and began arresting pro-democracy activists under the new law.

Ultimately, after the embarrassing exposes on social media, the NBA relented and changed its anti-Hong Kong policy, the Daily caller reported.

No announcements were made, but by Tuesday, orders on the website for Free Hong Kong slogans were allowed.

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