NBA fans booted from 76ers game over “Free Hong Kong” signs — in Philadelphia

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  1. EC

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    NBA fans booted from 76ers game over “Free Hong Kong” signs — in Philadelphia
    AllahpunditPosted at 11:31 am on October 9, 2019


    The fact that this happened not just in any ol’ NBA city but in the birthplace of independence, at the home arena for a team named after the American revolution, is the perfect Orwellian flourish to this dystopian NBA/China fiasco.


    The Sixers were playing an exhibition game against a team from China too, so the league’s … “sensitivities” to all things Hong Kong was higher than usual. And yet, as eager as I am to fly off the handle about this, a question must be asked:


    Does the league usually allow political signs at games? You don’t see much political sloganeering in the stands at American spectator sports, partly because most fans leave that behind when they’re in game mode but partly because the teams recognize it’s bad for business. The risk of political squabbles breaking out among paying customers and the risk to the team in being sucked into political disputes makes a zero-tolerance policy towards political signs — of any stripe — the safest option.

    So, again, was this a case of the Sixers enforcing a neutral policy or are Hong Kong supporters being singled out for special suppression? Because if it’s the latter, it’s another data point that the Chinese are assimilating U.S. corporations into their values system, not vice versa.

    Here are Wachs and his wife being booted from the game:

    CBS Philly looked into whether there’s a policy against this sort of thing:

    According to the Wells Fargo Center’s website, “signs must be in good taste and appropriate for the event.” The site also notes the “policy is subject to change based on the Wells Fargo Center management’s discretion and without notice.”

    The NBA’s policy prohibits “obscene or indecent messages on signs or clothing,” but does not mention political statements.

    Wachs claims that when security guards saw his Hong Kong signs, they told him “no politics.” The Sixers will doubtless say that they do indeed have a neutral “no political signs” policy but that’s not really the issue. Do they enforce it? If I bring a “Trump 2020” or “Biden 2020” sign to the game, will I actually be kicked out or will that be ignored as a de minimis infraction whereas “Free Hong Kong” is unacceptable because it annoys Adam Silver’s Chinese masters?

    Should the NBA have a “no political signs,” by the way? A Twitter pal notes that it’s rich that the world’s “wokest professional sports league” has no problem with activism among coaches and players, up to and including political messages being worn on warm-up attire before the game, while the plebes who pay their salaries are forbidden to broadcast their own views during NBA events.

    China, meanwhile, continues to grind its boot in the NBA’s face because of a single pro-Hong-Kong tweet by a single employee of a single team.

    The Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Cares event in Shanghai was canceled Wednesday just hours before it was scheduled to begin, according to multiple reports. The cancellation is the latest fallout from a recent tweet by Rockets GM Daryl Morey that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

    The NBA said the cancellation off the Lakers event, which was supposed to benefit the Special Olympics, was not its decision.

    This came a day after the Chinese government canceled the Nets’ NBA Cares event.

    The Lakers and Nets are scheduled to play two exhibition games this week but banners in Shanghai promoting the game are being taken down, so who knows? China’s obviously sending a message to the league that any further pro-HK statements — by anyone — will risk a total rupture of the NBA’s relationship with China. Does anyone think a single person connected to the league will dare call their bluff in the name of supporting human rights in Hong Kong?

    The worst part of the Sam Wachs sign incident, by the way, is that if the Sixers didn’t have a “no political signs” policy before — or if they did but weren’t enforcing it — they certainly will now. In order to feign neutrality while carrying out censorship at China’s behest, they’ll take away *more* freedom by paying customers at NBA games. Again, between Chinese totalitarianism and western capitalism, who’s assimilating whom?
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  2. Gforcetrivers

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    Evidently the Democratic Speech Police Totalitarian Regime has decided that is hate speech.
     
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    Don't make the shoemakers look bad around the basketball boyz. Bad for bizzness.
     
  4. bgkyarcher

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    Screw the NBA if they don’t stand up against this crap. Screw China.
     
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    I thought this would be a really hot topic on here with everyone jumping on the NBA ban wagon the same as walmart?? Hoping the reason it's not happening is everyone is like me and can't ban the NBA because they haven't ever been a part of my life... Hoping
     
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    I’ve never watched The NBA or ever wanted to try Basketball don’t watch NFL either
     
  7. timer

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    I'm hoping that this incident will help some folks understand what life in a communist country is really like.

    I'm no NBA fan, but there are millions of folks in China who are. The NBA has - based on what I heard yesterday - invested billions to develop that market. TV ratings for NBA games are higher in China than they are in the US.

    Think about it....the Chinese government is punishing the people of China (who wanted to see a live NBA game) because of something that one person from one team happened to say that provoked them. The people have absolutely no recourse - they can't protest for fear of rotting in a prison.

    The ultimate goal for both socialism and communism is to equalize the standard of living for the common man - and the common man is defined as anyone who is not Ultra rich. The democratic party has become the party of the Ultra rich in this country and they are doing everything possible to lower the standard of living for the working class to a common denominator.

    Churchill said it best....
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal
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    When you begin with a premise that is completely false you can’t help but reach the wrong conclusion.
     
  9. EC

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    What the NBA is doing is lying prostate and subservient "confirming" Red China has a moral high ground...from the same system that murdered over 80 million of its own people.

    The NBA can go to Hell and GTFO of this country...as well as the rest of the traitors.
     
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    You refuse to engage in an actual conversation or elaborate on your comments. I will give you a few days then i will block your posts and will encourage everyone else to do the same unless you choose to engage in a conversation or post something with substance. Would love to hear your opinions.
     
  12. GWP

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    My opinion is that this forum has went to Hell. You all get mad and rant over nonsense while your hero is in meltdown and getting impeached at home and getting our allies killed abroad. How’s that for an opinion?
     
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  13. ojibwa62

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    And we were always lead to believe Russia was gonna invade us when I was kid..


    It's China and we have swung the door wide open..
     
  14. ojibwa62

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    I will say one thing all the garbage that is going on all around the world is mostly our fault , we appear weak now so much infighting here our country is ripping its self apart and our president appears weak because of this impeachment talk, very few countries respect us any longer.
    The right is just as guilty as the left probably more because our politicians all want to be liked instead doing the will of the people.
    The same to some extent for the left. One thing I will say about the left is at least they have conviction to single mindedly execute their plan ..

    I don't post much over here because there are so many Trump sycophants who would defend him to the death ( or so it seems) but the man is not perfect and you can't blame everything on one party and not talking about the Russia or Ukraine garbage , that's a whole nother can of worms.

    I am sick and tired of the finger pointing and back stabbing , ready to get off this ride . I am tired of this clown world BS.
     
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  15. bstickin1

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    This forum has went to hell because everyone except you and duster has the exact opposite views as you??? Do the words "NO QUID PRO QUO" mean anything to you??? If they have more evidence bring it out, vote on it in a fair way and if not they should STFU! If those allies mean so much more to you than American lives I can't understand why you're here complaining about how this forum has went to hell and you're not there helping them fight for their land. Hey, that's a damn good idea... you and the rest of the crazy ass left handers load up and go help. Tell them it was your idea, not mine then you and all the rest could go down in history as heros with you being the 1st in line. Sound as good to you as it does to me?
     

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