Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick is under fire after calling his Chinese fans “chinks” in a video that has gone viral.
The video was produced by Chinese media company Tencent to wish China a Happy Lunar New Year.
Two cuts of the video were produced, but naturally the one cut that shows Redick using the racial slur is going viral.
“I just wanted to wish all the NBA chink fans in China a very happy Chinese new year.” Redick says in the video.
People have been voicing their outrage on Twitter demanding answers.
— Christine Lu (@christinelu) February 18, 2018
— 李添雄 (@litianxiong07) February 18, 2018
U better explain this pic.twitter.com/7P8g0Byc3j
— Ray Zhang (@Ray4Three) February 18, 2018
— kevinyoung (@Yangcan320) February 18, 2018
Seriously？JJ Redick used the racist word “Chink” in the official NBA video for celebrating Chinese New Year to Chinese fans. We all know what that means and how disrespectful and insulting it is to Chinese. And we need an official explanation to this. @NBA @espn
— Liao Kuo (@kevinkuo528) February 18, 2018
There is a video about the new years greetings from NBA players.76ers guard J.J.Redick said the word “chink” in the interview.All of us know how disrespectful it is to Chinese.I hope NBA can give us an official statement regarding the above.
— jh13sth (@jh13sth) February 18, 2018
Please give our Chinese NBA fans an explanation for JJ Redick the insult to China，It’s unbearable for us especially in Chinese New Year.This is serious racial discrimination. pic.twitter.com/Erpv8DWgWx
— Mr.Gao (@Gao990204) February 18, 2018
Redick has gone on Twitter acknowledging the incident, but didn’t give much of an explantion.
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