Protesters at Barlcays Center wear 'Stand with Hong Kong' shirts
October 18, 2019 | 9: 15pm
| Updated October 18, 2019 | 9: 20pm
Protesters at Barclays Heart for the length of the Nets-Raptors preseason game.
Within the occasion you thought the Hong Kong explain and Daryl Morey drama had been finished once the Nets (and Lakers) left China, instruct all yet again. It's followed them your total capacity back stateside, and honest into Barclays Heart.
After the Nets' preseason sweep of the Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzen had been played in a tense atmosphere - China's communist executive cancelling neighborhood appearances and press conferences over the Houston Rockets GM's tweet backing the Hong Kong protestors - a bunch of followers came to Brooklyn's preseason finale and did the identical factor.
Sitting in Piece 1, diagonal from the Nets' bench, the followers within the entrance row donned white shirts with black lettering announcing Free Tibet. A miles greater dedication of followers - about eight rows of seats - had black shirts that read Stand With Hong Kong.
The followers had been restful, and none of them had been ejected or banned from Barclays Heart. It bears searching at whether or now not that remains the case, pondering the constructing's ownership.
Nets proprietor Joe Tsai - who purchased each and each the Nets and Barclays Heart in August from Mikhail Prokhorov - has sturdy opinions on the matter, and has been caught up within the course of China's spat with the NBA over the league's refusal to fireplace Morey.
The Taiwanese-born Tsai lives in Hong Kong and co-based mostly Chinese e-commerce huge Alibaba. And after Morey retweeted a meme backing the Hong Kong protestors, Tsai penned an originate letter on Facebook.
"What's the explain with of us freely expressing their thought? This freedom is an inherent American ticket and the NBA has been very revolutionary in allowing gamers and various constituents a platform to talk out on points," Tsai wrote within the letter.
"The explain is, there are sure subject issues that are third-rail points in sure countries, societies and communities.
Supporting a separatist motion in a Chinese territory is a sort of third-rail points, now not true for the Chinese executive, but also for all citizens in China.
"The one factor that is terribly misunderstood, and usually overlooked, by the western press and these serious of China is that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens stand united in the case of the territorial integrity of China and the nation's sovereignty over her put of dwelling of starting up put. This explain is non-negotiable."
In a sit-down irregular with The Submit closing week in Shanghai - the most efficient on-the-document comments by the Nets or Lakers to your total China hurry - Tsai said the controversial protests are exactly that more or much less scorching-button explain. And clearly the explain isn't going away.
"What I'm simply declaring is how mainland China feels about this explain," Tsai told the Submit. "It's positively a third-rail explain for Chinese of us on the mainland."
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