Philadelphia 76ers’  shooting guard JJ Redick found himself in some trouble after a video surfaced online of him using a racial slur.

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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.”

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..