Criticism over the NBA’s reported ties to China have resurfaced after a Twitter user revealed his order for a custom NBA t-shirt reading “Free Hong Kong” has been rejected.
A user named Vince says his request was met with the following message: “We are unable to customize this item with the text you have entered. Please try a different entry.”
After sharing the message on Twitter, countless basketball fans have revealed they’ve been able to order shirts featuring such messages as, “Defund Police” and “Beware of Jews.”
Daily Caller reporter Peter J. Hasson also chimed in, writing his requests for shirts reading, “Free America,” “Free Canada,” “Free Mexico” and “Free Taiwan” were also allowed.
Also joining the fray are two U.S. senators. Florida’s Rick Scott tweeted, “The NBA and its players have chosen profits over human rights.” Missouri’s Josh Hawley responded, “Of course — NBA Incorporated doesn’t dare offend the paymasters in Bejing!”
NBA officials have yet to comment.