A Philadelphia 76ers fan said he and his wife signs were confiscated by NBA employees before they were kicked out of the Wells Fargo Center for supporting the human rights protests in Hong Kong.
Sam Wachs told NBC10 in Philadelphia that they brought a pair of signs that read “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK” as the Sixers took on the Guangzhou Long-Lions, a Chinese Basketball Association team.
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
On Tuesday night, a husband and wife holding “Free Hong Kong” signs at a preseason NBA game in Philadelphia were kicked out of the stadium.
The man, identified as Sam Wachs, and his wife had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated by NBA employees and were escorted out of the Wells Fargo Center arena after Mr. Wachs shouted “Free Hong Kong,” a statement in support of the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations.
The 76ers were playing the Chinese squad Guangzhou Loong Lions.
“There’s no foul language, no politics.’ I asked ‘Why not?’ They said, ‘Don’t give me a hard time,’” Wachs explained to Action News.
“I think it’s shameful, harsh reaction,” the man added.
“The moment Sam Wachs and his wife are escorted out of the [Sixers] preseason game against a Chinese basketball team for yelling ‘Free Hong Kong,’” ABC 6 reporter Christie Ileto posted to Twitter. More
— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) October 9, 2019
Just one more reason why we don’t watch the NBA or the NFL anymore. The commissioners are weak individuals allowing the players to roughshod over them and now they are allowing a foreign communist country to do the same thing. I would just bet if it was an “Impeach Trump” sign they would have highlighted it on the Jumbotron over and over again.
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— Bonny Wright🐝 (@miamivandynyu) October 9, 2019