Friday marked the Chinese New Year. In honor of the event, Chinese media company Tencent compiled a video of NBA players’ wishing fans in China a happy new year.
Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick’s participation in the video garnered him death threats on Twitter: It appeared he’d directed a derogatory racial slur toward Chinese fans.
Yeah, not good.
When outrage over the video came his attention, Redick apologized, claiming he’d been tongue-tied and intended no offense.
Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China.Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. I love & respect our friends in China.
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 18, 2018
Please read. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/phL6v7Voeb
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 19, 2018
wanted to address this… pic.twitter.com/3oB2mUvQpc
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 19, 2018
The 33-year-old Sixers sniper has said some incredibly dumb things before, but he’s never said something so ignorant and hateful, at least publicly. Let’s hope this truly was an episode of his tripping over his own words rather than reflective of his character.