76ers fan says he and wife were kicked out of preseason game for supporting Hong Kong with signs, chant

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SportsPulse: Former NBPA Executive Director Charles Grantham lends his expertise while dissecting the situation between the NBA and China that has dominated the headlines in recent days.
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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. 

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?” 

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