Tencent Block NBA Game Due To Taiwan Flag

November 11, 2019

Tencent stopped broadcasting Saturday’s NBA fixture between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers due to a visible Taiwan flag.

A supporter in the crowd was wearing a shirt with the flag of Taiwan supposedly shown clearly during the broadcast, which led to Tencent ceasing their coverage of the game.

The broadcaster then switched to the Brookyln Nets – Portland Trail Blazers game instead, before only showing the highlights from one end, excluding the end of the court where the shirt was being worn.

This is just the latest controversy between China and the NBA after the recent Hong Kong crisis triggered by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet.

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