Ex-NBA Star Fined For Covid Comments In China

TOPSHOT - A man is arrested while people gathering on a street in Shanghai on November 27, 2022, where protests against China's zero-Covid policy took place the night before following a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for criticizing quarantine facilities, China’s professional league and a news report said Friday.
  • The ruling Communist Party is trying to crush criticism of the human cost and disruption of its “zero Covid” strategy, which has confined millions of people to their homes.
  • Lin, born in California to parents from Taiwan, was the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

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