In the now viral video of NBA players wishing their Chinese fans a Happy Lunar New Year, J.J. Redick called his Chinese fans ‘chinks’ (a highly offensive racial slur).
And while Twitter users are having none of it, there is one person that believes that Redick didn’t really mean to use the slur or to offend fans.
Seriously？JJ Redick used the racist word "Chink" in the official NBA video for celebrating Chinese New Year to Chinese fans. We all know what that means and how disrespectful and insulting it is to Chinese. And we need an official explanation to this. @NBA @espn
— Liao Kuo (@kevinkuo528) February 18, 2018
Please give our Chinese NBA fans an explanation for JJ Redick the insult to China，It's unbearable for us especially in Chinese New Year.This is serious racial discrimination. pic.twitter.com/Erpv8DWgWx
— Mr.Gao (@Gao990204) February 18, 2018
Jeremy Lin spoke with Redick after the video went viral. He then posted his own tweet about what he thought Redick really meant to say and called upon fans to resist directing hateful comments to Redick or the NBA.
wanted to address this… pic.twitter.com/3oB2mUvQpc
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 19, 2018
Lin has been a very vocal voice in regards to racism and has even dealt with people calling him chink in the past.
J.J. Redick himself has also apologized for his mistake on Twitter.
Please read. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/phL6v7Voeb
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 19, 2018