Tencent Sports’ website also indicated that the upcoming Celtics games will not be livestreamed, but will instead only show an interactive graphic.
On China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo, a Celtics fan page with nearly 615,000 followers posted that it would not post updates from the team due to the player’s social media oversights.
“From now on, our page will not report any information about the Boston Celtics, and our Weibo will stop updating!” Read Celtics Weibo Express’s post. “To any behavior that undermines the harmony of nations and the dignity of the motherland, we strongly oppose!”
The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India since a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 and regularly travels the world to spread his message of tolerance and peace.
Granthshala has reached out to the NBA and Tencent for comment.
“My message to the Chinese government is a free Tibet,” Kantar said. “Tibet belongs to the Tibetans, I am here to add my voice and speak out against what is happening in Tibet under the brutal rule of the Chinese government.”
“Under the brutal rule of the Chinese government, the basic rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people do not exist.”
Later in the day, when Kanter’s Boston Celtics took to the court in their season-opening game against the New York Knicks, he was wearing shoes with the message “Free Tibet”.
“We will never accept those attacks to defame Tibet’s development and progress,” he said.
As a result, many Chinese businesses broke away from the Rockets and the NBA was under heavy pressure from Chinese authorities.
Tibet is an internationally recognized autonomous region within the People’s Republic of China, although many Tibetans dispute the legitimacy of China’s rule.
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