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Security is Confiscating Signs Protesting China at Washington Wizards Game

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: Rui Hachimura #8 of the Washington Wizards is introduced prior to playing against the Guangzhou Long-Lions at Capital One Arena on October 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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The NBA's crazy kowtowing to China's ire continues, as fans in Washington got a first-hand taste of that Wednesday night. With the Wizards playing a preseason game against against a Chinese Basketball Association squad, arena security was out in force confiscating any signs protesting China.

During the Wizards' matchup with the Guangzhou Loong Lions, fans had protest signs ripped away and some who uttered protest chants were removed from the building.

Their stories are currently being told on Twitter:

It is not clear if this is arena policy, a directive from the Wizards or a leaguewide policy now. It could be that protest signs are simply not allowed at Capital One Arena.

It's obvious the NBA doesn't want this at its games, but it probably should have seen that coming when it got into bed with China.