Boston Celtics game broadcast pulled in China after Enes Kanter’s pro-Tibet posts

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The broadcast of the Celtics’ season-opening game against the New York Knicks was pulled down by Chinese video-streaming site Tencent, while fans condemned Cantor and the Celtics on Chinese social media.

Tencent Sports’ website also indicated that the upcoming Celtics games will not be livestreamed, but will instead only show an interactive graphic.

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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!”

Canter on Wednesday deployment of A video on social media with the headline “Tibet belongs to the Tibetan people” at President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government, in which Xi, wearing a T-shirt of the 14th Dalai Lama, called a “brutal dictator” who is a follower of Buddhism. Spiritual leaders. Tibetan people.

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.

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“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.”

Cantor followed up with another post that said: “More than 150 Tibetans have burnt themselves alive!! – Hopefully this kind of act will raise more awareness about Tibet. I stand with my Tibetan brothers and sisters, and I stand by them for freedom I support the call.”

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”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told in a news briefing On Thursday that Kanter was “trying to get attention” and that his remarks were “not worth refuting.”

“We will never accept those attacks to defame Tibet’s development and progress,” he said.

Cantor’s remarks came two years later Daryl MoreThe then general manager of the Houston Rockets sparked controversy between the NBA and China with a tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. More stepped down a year later.

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.

Cantor grew up in Turkey vocal first In defense of various political causes, including criticisms of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As a result he faced death threats and a criminal trial back at his father’s home.


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