Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for the Guangzhou Loong Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for his alleged complaints about the conditions of COVID quarantine facilities. 

As The Associated Press reported on December 2, the China Basketball Association fined Lin for “inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities” where his team stayed on Wednesday, November 30, ahead of a game.

It added that it “caused adverse effects on the league and the competition area.”

The association could not provide any specifics about Lin’s comments as well as traces of his account on Sina Weibo social media platform.

However, according to the Shanghai news outlet The Paper, Lin reportedly uploaded a video complaining about his team’s hotel workout facilities at a hotel when the team was staying.

Lin allegedly stated something like, “Can you believe this is a weight room?,” “What kind of garbage is this?”

As The Paper reported, the video was removed from the platforms following “the situation was clarified” that the hotel stay was just for a short stay ordered by regulations.

Reporters couldn’t reach a representative of Vision China Entertainment, which says to represent Lin on its website as well as Loong Lions headquarters for comments.

Lin was the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. Born in California, his parents were both from Taiwan. 

Lin became the first player of Chinese descent to win an NBA title when he played for the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

After almost three years of continuous lockdowns and disruptions to the people’s livelihood and economy, there is no end in sight to China’s ‘zero COVID’ policy. 

Nationwide protests grew anger after an apartment fire that killed 10 on November 24 in Urumqi, western China. Many people then speculated that the country’s COVID restrictions delayed rescue efforts.

Chinese protesters are venting their frustration with COVID-19 restrictions by holding a white sheet of paper. 

A 26-year-old man named Johnny, joining the protest in Beijing, once told Reuters that “the white paper reflects everything we want to say but cannot speak.”

It is understood that the white paper represents anger that cannot be freely expressed.

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