A big Hong Kong flag wafted into the crowd in front of the Los Angeles Staples Center when TNT reported on the NBA season opener Tuesday evening between the Lakers and Clippers – quickly triggering a social media debate.
] Some praised the fan for waving the flag, while others said the policy should be kept out of the sport. Others tried to interpret whether TNT occupy a position in the dispute between Hong Kong and China, measured by how long the flag was still on the screen.
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The NBA has been linked earlier this month with the dispute between Hong Kong and China when Houston Rockets General Manager wrote a Twitter message to support Hong Kong demonstrators, as did two NBA clubs. ̵
The NBA criticized a series of uncomfortable comments made by both executives and players in response to the Rocket Manager tweet that was canceled. The NBA and several other American companies have received a backlash because they allegedly censored their employees to maintain business relations with China in the months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory.
Some networks expressed their support for Hong Kong when the team returned to Brooklyn. At the game on Tuesday in Los Angeles some fans also showed that the debate was not over yet.
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"Thanks to the man who waves the Hong Kong flag in the middle of the NBA Halftime Show, and TNT, who lets them fly. "
" Great Hong Kong flag between Ernie and Kennie. Let's see if TNT continues to show it, "said one user initially. "TNT does not seem to try to hide it. Pan to the view where it is about as much as normal, "the same user wrote later.
Some Twitter users praised whoever in the crowd decided to wave the Hong Kong flag. While others said online, the flag was an unwanted attempt to get politics into the sport.
"Waving the Hong Kong flag at the TNT THING OUTSIDE STAPLES CENTER is a national hero," wrote a Twitter user.
"Anyone swinging the Hong Kong flag behind the NBA at TNT Studio has to relax. STOP. POLITICIZE. SPORT, "wrote another user.
One user speculated that the TNT broadcast in China would not be broadcast after the Hong Kong flag was allowed to remain on the screen.
"I suppose TNT comments will not be sent in China because there is one big Hong Kong flag … and another I do not recognize," wrote the Twitter user.
Appeared before the game on TNT analysis On Tuesday night, Shaquille O'Neal hurried to defend Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in the midst of the ongoing feud between the NBA and China. Morey unleashed a firestorm on October 4 after expressing his solidarity with demonstrators in Hong Kong on Twitter. Some prominent figures in the NBA were reluctant to comment on the situation and criticize China, including outspoken anti-Trump critics such as Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, and NBA superstar LeBron James. COM
activists also planned to distribute more than 10,000 pro-Hong Kong T-shirts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, after a crowdsourced site set up by an NBA fan in Northern California hit nearly 43,000 US dollars had accumulated in a span of two days, the Orange County Register reported.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.