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18:41  09 october  2019
18:41  09 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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A Philadelphia 76 ers fan says he was tossed out of a preseason game after showing their support Sam Wachs and his wife brought signs which read "Free Hong Kong " and "Free HK " to Tuesday He then said they were kicked out of the game during the second quarter by security after they yelled

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A Philadelphia 76ers fan said he was kicked out of the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday for supporting the human rights protests in Hong Kong that have pitted the NBA and China against each other over the expression of free speech. 

Sam Wachs told NBC10 in Philadelphia that he and his wife 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. Wachs told the news station he lived in Hong Kong for two years and is sympathetic to the protesters' causes. 

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An NBA fan event in Shanghai on Wednesday was canceled by Chinese sporting officials in In the U.S., a couple claimed they were kicked out of a Philadelphia 76 ers preseason game on Tuesday Security first confiscated their signs , then later escorted them out after they yelled "Free Hong Kong "

Chinese fans , who see the Hong Kong protesters portrayed as violent rioters in the state-run news media and largely regard them as such, were The team has maintained its Chinese fan base, making it the second-most-popular in China behind the Golden State Warriors last year, according to

First, security confiscated the signs. When they yelled "Free Hong Kong" during the second quarter, Wachs said, they were removed from the game. 

"We were saying, 'Free Hong Kong,'" he told NBC10. "What's wrong with that?" 

USA TODAY Sports' message left for the 76ers has not been immediately returned.

The NBA has been dealing with the fallout from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protesters since last week. (Morey later deleted the tweet and offered an apology.) On Tuesday, Chinese authorities arrested a Rockets fan who threatened to burn the national flag while wearing a team jersey. 

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As the NBA continues to deal with the fallout from an executive’s controversial tweet, a man says he and his wife were kicked out of a Philadelphia 76 ers game Wachs told NBC10 he and his wife were holding up “Free Hong Kong ” and “Free HK ” signs in reference to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong .

A pair of fans holding "Free Hong Kong " signs were booted from a Philadelphia 76 ers game against Chinese squad Guangzhou Loong Lions Tuesday He later tweeted with a video showing him and his wife being escorted out of the arena, “Hey @ NBA @sixers – you are letting greed get the better of you.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to play the first of two preseason games in China on Thursday, but the media sessions and charity events leading up to the games were postponed

Chinese state television CCTV has said it will not broadcast any preseason games and  that the league's defense of freedom of speech does not apply to matters of national sovereignty in the country. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA China: Philadelphia 76ers fan kicked out for Hong Kong sign, chant

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