Fundraiser attracts $43,000 to distribute shirts supporting Hong Kong protests at Lakers-Clippers opener

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LeBron James might be done commenting on the matter, but the issue could come before fans attending the season-opener between the Lakers and Clippers on Tuesday at Staples Center, where activists plan to hand out free T-shirts displaying support for the Hong Kong protests.A GoFundMe fundraiser online — “Give Away Hong Kong T-Shirts, NBA Opening Night” — set up Oct. 7 by an NBA fan in Northern California raised nearly $42,994 in a fewer than two days.That amount will pay for more than 10,000 shirts, according to organizer “Sun Lared” (the pseudonym that the fan is using on the GoFundMe page), who stopped taking contributions as the fund drive approached $43,000.The Clippers, who will be the home team Tuesday, also have a T-shirt giveaway planned, with all fans in attendance expected to receive a free “L.A. Our Way” shirt and LED wristband. The international firestorm involving the NBA and China began Oct. 4, when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. That sparked outrage in China, where the Lakers would play a pair of exhibition games with the Brooklyn Nets. Nearly two weeks later, reverberations continue as the league and its players navigate a range of interests.In an online voice call earlier this month, “Lared” said that although he has friends and family in Hong Kong and is sympathetic toward the protest movement there, he’s accepting that there are varying viewpoints about the unrest.It’s his opposition to censorship that inspired him to run with an idea he saw online about making the T-shirts. A similar GoFundMe campaign in Canada was capped after it raised more than $34,000 for a T-shirt giveaway at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on opening night.Gabriel Law is among the supporters of Lared’s T-shirt giveaway in Southern California. After learning of the project, he got in touch with “Lared” and is helping with plans to store, transport and distribute all those T-shirts to L.A. Live. It will be a complicated but fulfilling endeavor, said Law,“This touches on really central American values, freedom of speech,” Law said by phone last week. “I’m here in the U.S., but I’m starting to sense I can’t do certain things because someone in another country us doesn’t want me to do it. Where do we draw the line?center_img “I think the NBA, unfortunately, has crossed the line in that case. China is a huge market, no one’s going to deny that, but if you look at global trade, this is a new kind of problem.”Law, who is active with Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles, a nonprofit formed in 1990 to promote democratic development in Hong Kong, said he was somewhat surprised by how quickly the money was raised, but not by the amount.“People in Hong Kong have raised millions of U.S. dollars for the past three, four months to advertise in newspapers, they’ve raised money to put up billboards around the world, so as soon as they know of this, they are going to support it,” he said.Despite reports of a fan being escorted out of preseason game in Philadelphia for saying “Free Hong Kong,” and a pro-Hong Kong sign (held by fans in “Free Hong Kong” shirts) being confiscated at a preseason game in Washington D.C., Law said he didn’t anticipate any trouble at Staples Center once they get the shirts there.“Are security guards going to kick us out?” Law asked. “We don’t think so, because we’ll be on public land. What if police kick us out? That should not be a problem because we are not selling things.”Furthermore, Law said, “we encourage the fans to put on the shirts. If five people put on the shirts, then they have a chance to be kicked out. If 500 people put on the shirts, they cannot kick everyone out. Five thousand? That, for sure, is a message for the world to see. And that’s our hope.”last_img read more

Alexander: A lengthy, exhausting but utterly delightful Sunday for Dodgers

first_imgThere was plenty to rehash Sunday afternoon in The Ravine, following a three-hour, 35-minute exercise that ended with what the Dodgers considered a beautiful rerun. Matt Kemp, who smacked a three-run home run off Arizona’s Archie Bradley in the eighth inning Saturday night for a 3-2 victory, came up against Bradley in the ninth Sunday afternoon and ripped a first-pitch fastball off the wall in center to chase home the tying and winning runs for, yes, another 3-2 victory, L.A.’s third straight come-from-behind win this weekend.Related Articles There was plenty to chew on Sunday, far more strategic byplay than 25-30 column inches can cover. In the ninth inning alone, Roberts was second-guessed for leaving Caleb Ferguson in to start the ninth. He said his desire was that Ferguson could steal an out before he had to bring in Kenley Jansen, who had pitched the previous two nights. Ferguson instead gave up a go-ahead home run to Daniel Descalso and Jansen had to get three outs anyway just to keep it close.Lovullo, the 2017 NL Manager of the Year, was roasted for leaving starter Zack Greinke in long enough Friday night to give up a game-winning homer to Justin Turner. And he was second-guessed Sunday for bringing Bradley back to face Kemp fewer than 24 hours after that matchup had gone sour. In fact, as Kemp was striding to the plate the video board was replaying the previous night’s home run. And yes, he noticed.“I wasn’t thinking about hitting a home run,” he said. “I was just trying to get that one run in from third base. It just so happened I got two.”Kemp’s first half made him an All-Star. His August (.214 batting average, one homer, five RBI and a .577 OPS) was dreary.So far, Kemp has matched his August RBI output in two September games, and he has a 1.333 OPS for the month after entering Sunday’s game in the seventh as a pinch hitter and going 1 for 2. He keeps up that pace, and the chances are good he’ll have meaningful games in October, too.“You look at his career and the big moments and big hits he’s come up with throughout his career — many against me from the other side — (and) you bet on that, you bet on the preparedness,” Roberts said. “When you get into September and through October, you’ve got to feel comfortable with the heartbeat. Matt’s been there, done that … a guy like him who’s proven (he can) do that and come up in spots like that, I’ll take my chances.”Kemp has been away from September baseball in Los Angeles since 2014. One change from then to now is hard to miss.“I think it gets louder and louder every year,” he said. “I think the fans get more excited every year, because it gets better and better.”Some of that is a conscious effort by the game ops crew to pump up the energy level. But some of it is also the urgency of a fan base that has gotten closer and closer and is anxious for that ultimate payoff.“Tommy (Lasorda) said to me today that that’s the loudest he’s heard Dodger Stadium,” Roberts said of Saturday night’s game.Lasorda might even have amended that after Sunday’s game. Then again, it would have been hard to hear him in the din. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies It was wild, unwieldy, lengthy. It almost certainly irritated those who have decided September call-ups and expanded rosters are somehow a stain on the national pastime. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo used eight pitchers Sunday, while the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts sent out five pinch-hitters (two of them decoys) and a pinch-runner. For a change, he still had a handful of position players available when the game ended thanks to all of those extra bodies.To those who object? Go watch football. All of those available players, and all of the moves and counter-moves are part of the fun of games that matter down the stretch.“September is one of the funnest months,” Kemp said. “We’re going to treat every game this month like it’s a playoff game, like it’s a must-win, because those guys over there (the Diamondbacks) aren’t going to slow up, and Colorado’s a good team.”I mean, are we really still carping about pace of play when we are hanging on every pitch?center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES—Ten days ago, the Dodgers were 4-1/2 games behind in the National League West, their bullpen was a mess, their clutch hitting was pretty much nonexistent, and their streak of consecutive postseason appearances seemed on life support.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Today, they’re in first place by themselves. They’ve won eight of nine, the schedule is in their favor, and three straight come-from-behind victories over the Arizona Diamondbacks have the faithful convinced the magic is just starting.Careful, now. Remember what we said last week about a roller coaster as metaphor for a baseball season. There are almost certainly a few more dips to come over the final 26 games.But that’s the fun, isn’t it? That’s what keeps us all coming back, day after day, to the best serial drama around, especially when your team has something at stake. You can’t second-guess soap operas, after all. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more