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NBA subjects fans attending Clippers-Wizards game to video message from Chinese ambassador

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NBA subjects fans attending Clippers-Wizards game to video message from Chinese ambassador

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Washington fans attending the Wizards vs. Clippers game on Tuesday were given a warm welcome by a Chinese government official ahead of the whistleblower.

Known for its ties to China, which has become controversial on and off the court, the NBA treated its fans to several traditional Chinese New Year festivities.

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Amir Coffey #7 of the LA Clippers heads for the basket against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 25, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang was featured on screen, praising the Association’s close connection with the Chinese market.

The Wizards’ home game theme was promoted under the CNY banner but was criticized for oversimplifying the Lunar New Year festival that spans across East and Southeast Asian countries.

NBA subjects fans attending Clippers-Wizards game to video message from Chinese ambassador

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Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal #3 talks with official Sean Wright #4 during the game against the LA Clippers at Capital One Arena on January 25, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Prior to the whistleblowing, the festivities included a reenactment of the United States national anthem using a pipa, a traditional Chinese-style lute.

The website of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China called the event “Chinese Cultural Night” and talked about promoting Chinese tradition from Washington’s Capital One Arena.

“The arena was rich in Chinese culture atmosphere, and the event is filled with Chinese New Year festive elements,” the post noted.

NBA subjects fans attending Clippers-Wizards game to video message from Chinese ambassador

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Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang makes a statement during an online symposium jointly hosted by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in the United States to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, on October 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images)

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The Wizards infamously lost a 35-point lead to the Clippers that night, 116-115.

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