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Fans: Hong Kong support led to Philly arena exit

Two fans say they were removed from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia by arena security after holding signs and chanting in support of Hong Kong during an NBA preseason game.

Sam Wachs and his wife held up signs that read “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK” during the 76ers’ preseason game against a Chinese team — the Guangzhou Long-Lions — on Tuesday night.

Wachs told NBC10 in Philadelphia that security guards confiscated the signs before ejecting the couple in the second quarter after Wachs shouted “Free Hong Kong.”

The sentiment was not different from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

The 76ers have not responded to ESPN’s request for comment.

The Long-Lions face the Wizards in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.

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