A fan of the Houston Rockets was reportedly arrested in China after he allegedly threatened to burn the Chinese flag.
The 25-year-old fan allegedly made the threats and taunted police to “come and arrest him” on messaging platform Weibo, which is China’s equivalent to Twitter, according to CNN.
Chinese authorities say they arrested Howard Wang for publishing “insults directed against the national flag.” Police say Wang’s case is currently under investigation.
In China, it is illegal to desecrate the flag and those who do can face up to 3 years in prison, CNN noted.
Wang’s message went out Sunday, just a few days after Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sparked a firestorm with a since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong that have gone on for months.
Morey quickly deleted the tweet and later apologized for it, though not before some of the NBA’s business partners in China decided to sever ties with the league. Chinese Central Television refused to show a Rockets preseason game.
The NBA responded by apologizing and saying that Morey’s views did not represent the entire league, which has angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who believe the league was worried too much about profits and growing its brand in China.