The 76ers’ J.J. Redick issued multiple statements Sunday after he appeared to have uttered a racial slur in a video showing NBA players wishing a happy Chinese new year to fans in that country. “I ask your forgiveness. … I am so sorry for upsetting anyone,” Redick said in a lengthy apology posted late in the evening to Twitter. Earlier on Sunday, Redick sounded a less contrite tone, saying in a tweet, “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, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. I love & respect our friends in China.” The video, produced by Chinese media company Tencent, featured a number of NBA players, including Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid and Chris Paul, plus Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, offering phrases such as “Happy New Year” and “Happy year of the dog,” some rendered in Chinese. A Lunar New Year on the traditional Chinese calendar began on Friday. When Redick’s turn came up, he appeared to say, “I just wanted to wish all the NBA c—k fans in China a very happy Chinese New Year.” According to ESPN, which has a content-sharing deal with Tencent and helped produce some of the interviews for the video, it was shown at halftime of a game last week between the Warriors and Trail Blazers. “I was intending to say ‘NBA Chinese fans’ but it sounded weird in my mind so I changed it mid-sentence to ‘NBA fans in China.’ It came out the wrong way,” Redick, 33, said in his apology. “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 I was purported to say.
76ers' Redick apologizes for unintentional offensive remark
Washington Post | Feb 19