NBA fans in China have not forgotten what Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick said last Chinese New Year when he appeared to greet Chinese people with what sounded like a racial slur.
The 34-year-old athlete received roaring boos from Chinese fans during the 76ers’ recent match against the Dallas Mavericks at the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Shanghai every time he made a shot, according to NBC Sports.
While speaking with Keith Pompey of The Inquirer, Redick admitted that he expected the booing would happen, and that it was more polite than the previous reaction he’s received.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 5, 2018
“They’re obviously entitled and have the right to boo me. I would probably boo me, too,” he said. “It was the most polite booing that I’ve received in my life. They booed, and they cheered. Think about that. It was like, ‘We’re mad at you, but we appreciate the way you shoot a basketball.’”
According to The Morning Call, Redick made a 10-of-10 field goal shots, including seven three-pointers. He scored 28 points during the game, with the 76ers emerging victorious against the Mavericks 120-114.
“The whole thing, it was a very unfortunate situation, and I’m just deeply remorseful for offending so many people,” Redick said.