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China Shuts Off Celtics Games After Kanter’s Pro-Tibet Comments

  • Chinese Foreign Ministry says player was ‘grandstanding’
  • Enes Kanter says he can no longer ‘stay silent’ on Tibet
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Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter’s pro-Tibet statements have garnered backlash for the National Basketball Association in China, with his team’s games pulled from broadcasts just two years after the league became a flashpoint in U.S.-China relations.

As of Thursday morning in Hong Kong, internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. removed all live-streaming for upcoming Celtics games, leaving fans confused and inquiring in the comment section of its sports page. The NBA and its China arm didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from Bloomberg News. Tencent also didn’t respond.