Philadelphia 76ers’ shooting guard JJ Redick found himself in some trouble after a video surfaced online of him using a racial slur.
During the video, produced by Chinese media company Tencent, Redick appears to say,
“I just wanted to wish all the NBA chink fans of China a very Happy Chinese New Year.”
Redick addressed the video Sunday in a tweet, saying that he was “tongue-tied” and that the “word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary.”
He offered a more detailed explanation in a follow-up tweet later Sunday evening, writing that he intended to say “NBA Chinese fans” before changing course mid-sentence to “NBA fans in China.”
Please read. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/phL6v7Voeb
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 19, 2018
According to ESPN, Redick’s comment was included in the video titled, “30 NBA Players Wish Chinese Fans a Happy New Year,” which aired during halftime of a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers on February 14. Tencent has since released another edited video in which Redick is not included.
Chinese-American and current Brooklyn Nets’ point guard Jeremy Lin came out to support Redick’s apology. Lina also encouraged fans to not use hateful language toward JJ as a response to the video..
wanted to address this… pic.twitter.com/3oB2mUvQpc
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 19, 2018