JJ Redick apologizes for perceived racial slur
JJ Redick is issuing a mea culpa after uttering a perceived racial slur.
In a post to his official Twitter page on Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers guard apologized after he appeared to use a derogatory term for Chinese people in a Chinese New Year-themed video. In his statement, Redick said that he meant to say “NBA Chinese fans” but tried to change it mid-sentence to “NBA fans in China,” which resulted in an unfortunate tongue slip.
Please read. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/phL6v7Voeb
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 19, 2018
The video, which featured many other NBA players wishing a Happy Chinese New Year to fans in China, began circulating earlier in the day after a YouTube user brought attention to it. It was not an official NBA production however.
A Chinese YouTuber is upset at J.J. Redick after he used a racial slur while wishing Chinese fans a happy new year. pic.twitter.com/1goQjj1WBi
— MeanMug Sports (@MeanMugSports) February 18, 2018
Based on his apology, it certainly does not appear that there was any ill intent on the part of the 12-year veteran Redick, so credit to him for clearing it up.