Earlier Wednesday, a report suggested the Philadelphia 76ers ejected two fans for carrying signs that read “Free Hong Kong.”
A few hours after the report emerged, the 76ers released a statement clarifying the events. According to a statement from the team, officials removed two fans from the stands for “their continuing disruption of the fan experience.”
The fans maintain officials kicked them out for showing support for Hong Kong.
Here’s the statement from the team:
“At last evening’s game, following multiple complaints from guests and verbal confrontations with others in attendance, two individuals were warned by Wells Fargo Center staff about their continuing disruption of the fan experience. Ultimately, the decision was made by Wells Fargo Center personnel to remove the guests from the premises, which was accomplished without incident.”
The couple removed from the game said a security guard confiscated their signs before ejecting them from the game.
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
Officials at the Wells Fargo Center – where the 76ers play – said the fans were given three warnings before the ejection.
Earlier this week, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. The tweet strained the relationship between the NBA and China – which decided to cancel NBA activities after Morey’s comment.