More basketball fans said they had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated at a game in Washington, DC, on Wednesday night — following a similar incident in Philadelphia, according to a new report.
Patrick Hedger, 29, tweeted he got “kicked out” of the game between the Washington Wizards and a Chinese team, the Guangzhou Loong Lions, at Capital One Arena for holding up a “Free Hong Kong” sign.
He also chanted, “We will not bow to Chinese communist oppression” and “Freedom of speech,” NBC News reported.
Hedger lived in Hong Kong briefly as a child and studied abroad there.
“I knew I had to say something and take a stand,” he told NBC.
Another fan, Jon Schweppe, decided to leave when security tossed his sign that said, “Google Uyghurs,” referring to a Muslim ethnic group who US officials say are the victims of human rights abuses in China.
“We felt we’d made our point at that point,” Schweppe told NBC.
In a statement, the Wizards said no fans were asked to leave and that the signs were in violation of the arena’s policies, which prohibit political or commercial signs.
On Tuesday night, a couple claimed they were booted from a Philadelphia 76ers game against the Loong Lions, part of the Chinese Basketball Association, for holding up “Free Hong Kong” signs.
The continuing fallout stems from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet in support of the pro-democracy protests that have rocked Hong Kong for months.