Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player to be a first-round pick in an NBA Draft, revealed on Tuesday that he receives racist messages online “almost every day.”
- Aren, 21, received a direct message in Japanese that said he was “born by mistake” and that he “should die,” reported Clutch Points.
- According to AFP, the younger Hachimura wrote that while exposing the sender will not solve the problem, he wants people to spread awareness about racism.
- Rui replied in their native language that he also receives this kind of message almost every day.
Fans express support: Following the Twitter exchange, fans posted their messages of support for the brothers in the thread.
- Some fans highlighted that there are still many who support them.
- Others expressed love and share positive messages for the siblings.
About the brothers: Born to a Beninese father and a Japanese mother, the Hachimura siblings are talented athletes who have become prominent in Japan for their basketball careers.
- In 2019, Rui made history as the second Japanese-born player to be drafted into the NBA after Yasutaka Okayama.
- Aren, who played for Japan’s U16 (Under 16) National team in 2015, is now a power forward for the Sun Rockers Shibuya in Japan’s B. League.
- He may soon follow his brother’s footsteps as he is set to be eligible for the NBA draft this year.
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