Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin has rushed to the defense of Philadelphia 76ers veteran JJ Redick, who claimed he was ‘tongue-tied’ when he stated.a racial slur while wishing Chinese NBA fans a happy New Year.
The 33-year-old Redick can he heard addressing ‘NBA c***k fans’ during the brief video clip, which was produced by Chinese media company Tencent, and featured NBA athletes and coaches wishing fans a happy Chinese New Year.
Redick took to Twitter after the video went viral, saying the word is not in his ‘vocabulary;’ and Lin, who is of Chinese and Taiwanese descent, believes the 12-year NBA veteran.
‘I spoke with JJ today on the phone for a long time,’ Lin wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. ‘I truly believe he didn’t say a racial slur and that he has a great respect towards Chinese people. I also reached out to [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver and [NBA China CEO] David Shoemaker.
JJ Redick, a 33-year-old basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers, called people ‘NBA c***k fans’ when wishing them a happy Chinese New Year
Jeremy Lin (No. 7) defended JJ Redick, who claimed that he was ‘tongue-tied’
‘everybody knows that this word should never be used in referring to Chinese people and everybody is committed to Chinese fans being treated with the equality and respect that they deserve,’ continued Lin, who is out for the season following a knee injury.
In the video, Redick said: ‘I want to wish all the NBA c**** fans of China a Happy New Year.’
It is unclear if Redick mistakenly used the word or was misinformed about what the slur can mean to certain ethnicities.
A different version of the video that was posted by Tencent did not feature Redick, which suggests his portion might have been cut out because of the slur.
People on the Internet found the original clip and shared it, helping the clip to go viral. The video was posted on Reddit originally and then was shared across multiple platforms, including Twitter.
Redick posted on Twitter Sunday afternoon after the clip went viral.
Redick took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon after the video went viral. He stated.he was ‘tongue-tied’ and didn’t have the slur in his ‘vocabulary’
Lin addressed the uproar on Twitter while wishing everybody a ‘Happy Chinese New Year’
One person posted a video that looped Redick saying the racial slur while he reacted out of disbelief. It is unclear what Redick meant when he stated.he was ‘tongue-tied
He said: ‘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…I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word.
‘I love and respect our friends in China.’
In 2012, when Lin was breaking out as member of the New York Knicks during a period known as ‘Linsanity,’ ESPN issued an apology after running a headline with the same racial slur. The editor, Anthony Federico, was fired but later met with Lin and apologized in person. Afterwards Lin seemed to agree with Federico, who claimed the incident was ‘an honest mistake’
One reaction video features someone continually replaying Redick’s statement while acting shocked by the slur.
In 2012, when Lin was breaking out as member of the New York Knicks during a period known as ‘Linsanity,’ ESPN issued an apology after running a headline with the same racial slur.
After Lin committed eight turnovers in a regrettable performance against New Orleans, ESPN’s headline about the game read, ‘A C*** in the Armor.’
The editor, Anthony Federico, was fired but later met with Lin and apologized in person. Afterwards Lin seemed to agree with Federico, who claimed the incident was ‘an honest mistake.’
‘I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever,’ Lin told reporters.
On Sunday, Lin stayed positive while addressing the uproar of Redick’s comment.
‘Being Chinese is so important to me and I will do everything I can to work with the NBA to help continue teach fans about the depth and beauty of Chinese culture and the importance of China to basketball culture,’ his statement read. ‘To the fans, I encourage you to not use hateful language towards the NBA and JJ. Hope everybody continues to have a Happy Chinese New Year!’
Fans were outraged by the video saying Redick was ‘racist’ for using the slur. The video was first posted on Reddit before it circulated to other social platforms. Pictured is Redick during a basketball game against the New York Knicks on February 12