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Chinese media removes Boston Celtics match after center Enes Kanter’s “Free Tibet” statement – NBA Sports

Boston Celtics The game was pulled away from the Chinese media after the center Enes Kanter During the match on Wednesday night, he expressed his support for Tibet and tweeted his two-minute video in shoes with the phrase “Free Tibet.” New York Knicks..

“I’m here to add my voice and talk about what’s happening in Tibet, under the brutal control of the Chinese government,” Canter said in a video posted on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday. There are no basic Tibetan rights and freedoms. ” When he posted a video and wore a shirt inspired by Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, he called China’s President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator” in the text.

He then wore shoes designed by dissident Chinese-born cartoonist and Australian-based artist Badiucao.

On Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Canter was “trying to get attention” and his remarks were “not worth refuting.”

“We never accept those attacks because we don’t trust the development and progress of Tibet,” said a spokesman. The New York Times reported Thursday that the Celtics game was pulled from TenCent, a Chinese company that streams NBA games (ESPN and TenCent have a content-sharing partnership, and TenCent is an NBA rights partner). Previous replays are no longer available and future games are not set to appear.

Games including Philadelphia 76ers Two years later, it’s not even streamed in China-Houston rockets Executive Daryl Morey tweeted support for the democratic movement ahead of the NBA preseason match in China-controlled Hong Kong. After that, China’s national broadcaster CCTV stopped broadcasting NBA games.

Weibo’s Celtics fan page, a very popular Chinese version of Twitter, said it would stop posting about the team in the light of Canter’s comments.

The NBA and TenCent have not commented on the situation.

Canter’s remarks were made on the day the Olympic torch arrived in Beijing in preparation for the 2022 Olympics and called for boycotting the treatment of Tibet, Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong in China.

Canter has a long history of social activity. He was a frank critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was charged in his home country in 2018 for belonging to an armed terrorist group he denied. Turkey, whose passport has been revoked, is seeking his surrender.

Information from Reuters is included in this report.

– NBA Sports

Chinese media removes Boston Celtics match after center Enes Kanter’s “Free Tibet” statement

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32445320/chinese-media-remove-boston-celtics-games-center-enes-kanter-free-tibet-statements Chinese media removes Boston Celtics match after center Enes Kanter’s “Free Tibet” statement

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