“Stand with Hong Kong”

By: malapert

A Fan Raised Almost $43K to Hand Out “Stand with Hong Kong” T-Shirts at the Lakers Season Opener

Sun Lared wants Lakers Nation to make a statement at the Staples Center on October 22

When Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” on October 11, the NBA responded by referring to the tweet as “regrettable.” That didn’t sit well with Bay Area-based basketball fan Sun Lared (a pseudonym, according to LAist), who channeled his frustration into a campaign to convince Lakers Nation to wear T-shirts that quote Morey’s since-deleted tweet verbatim at the team’s season opener.

On the Lakers’ Reddit page, Lared discussed his plan to make the shirts and hand them out for free during the game October 22. To fund the protest, Lared launched a Gofundme with a goal of $20,000; the project raised nearly $43,000 before donations were disabled.

“China is trying to censor the Houston Rockets (update: and now the entire NBA) because of Hong Kong,” the Gofundme page says. “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if on opening night in Staples Center the NBA fanbase made a collective demonstration against censorship by wearing “STAND WITH Hong Kong” T-Shirts?”

The page describes the plot as “effective/hilarious,” and goes on to detail the political reasons for the protests in Hong Kong (in a nutshell, Hong Kong has made five demands of the Chinese government to protect the island territory’s rule of law). Ostensibly, the NBA disavowed Morey’s tweet to avoid alienating the league’s large Chinese fan base.

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