J.J. Redick Apologizes For Racial Slur Caught On Camera

Bryan Brandom
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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.

For what it’s worth, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Taiwan, sent a message of support for Redick.

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.