Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick after Chinese fans angered by 'chink' comment

Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick after Chinese fans angered by 'chink' comment

He offered a more detailed explanation in a follow-up tweet later Sunday evening, writing that he meant to say "NBA Chinese fans" before changing course mid-sentence to "NBA fans in China".

Redick did not apologize in an initial tweet a bit past noon on Sunday, instead choosing to express his disappointment in others who thought he would do such a thing. A freaky story that took shape over the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles was a video that appeared online from the Chinese company Tencent.

"At the time we recorded it, no one in the room - not Tencent, not the 76ers PR team and certainly not myself - heard the word that I purported to say".

Social media users claim Philadelphia 76ers player JJ Redick used a derogatory term when taking part in a video compilation of National Basketball Association stars wishing fans a happy Chinese New Year. Redick appears to use a slur in his greeting.

It appears this conversation with Lin finally prompted Redick to utter those two magic words - "I'm sorry" - but it shouldn't have taken that.

In Lin's statement, he states that he genuinely believes Redick didn't say a racial slur and has great respect for Chinese people.

"Clearly I was tongue-tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary", he wrote.

Brooklyn Nets point guard and NBA's first Chinese American player Jeremy Lin also posted on Twitter in defence of Redick.

"Being Chinese is so important to me", Lin continued.

It is unclear if Redick mistakenly used the word or was misinformed about what the slur can mean to certain ethnicities.

Redick joined the 76ers this season, the latest stop on a career that has included previous spells with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers.

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