Chinese authorities arrest Rockets fan for threatening to burn national flag

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Chinese authorities arrest Rockets fan for threatening to burn national flag

A man wearing a Rockets jersey was arrested by Chinese authorities for “insults directed against the national flag” after he threatened to burn flag.

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A man in China has been arrested after he threatened to burn the national flag on social media while wearing a Houston Rockets jersey, according to reports. 

Howard Wang, 25, was taken into custody Tuesday and is accused of publishing “insults directed against the national flag” on Weibo, which is China’s version of Twitter, on Sunday, according to CNN, which cited authorities. The arrest comes amid a week of fractured relations between the NBA and China, due to a tweet from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that expressed support for human rights protests in Hong Kong, which are considered anti-government. (Morey later deleted…

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