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Friday, September 20, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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