Two fans were kicked out of a Philadelphia 76ers game in Philadelphia after they brought signs that said “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK.”
Sam Wachs and his wife attended an exhibition game between the Sixers and Guangzhou Loong-Lions, a team in the Chinese Basketball Association according to NBC10.
Wachs said he brought the signs because he lived for two years in Hong Kong and supports the freedom protests.
“We were just sitting in our seats near the Chinese bench,” Wachs said before security took their signs. After yelling “Free Hong Kong” during the second quarter, security kicked the couple out of the game.
“We were saying, ‘Free Hong Kong,'” Wachs said. “What’s wrong with that?”
The NBA came under fire this week after apologizing to China for Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeting out support for the Hong Kong protests.
China responded by suspending all ties to the Houston Rockets along with refusing to air NBA preseason games.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a new statement saying the NBA supports Morey and freedom of expression.