76ers guard J.J. Redick apologizes and clarifies video in which it sounded like he used an Asian slur

  • Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick apologized after a video in which he appeared to use a an Asian slur.
  • In a video of NBA players wishing Chinese fans a happy new year, it sounded like Redick said, "I want to wish all the NBA c---k fans in China a Happy New Year."
  • Redick apologized and said he got tongue-tied between two sentences, saying the slur is not in his vocabulary.


Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick landed in hot water after a video was shared in social media in which it sounded like he used an Asian slur.

The video, produced by Chinese media company Tencent, showed NBA players wishing Chinese fans a happy new year. In Redick's segment, he appeared to say, "I want to wish all the NBA c---k fans in China a Happy New Year."

According to SB Nation, the video showing Redick was removed by Tencent and replaced with an almost identical version without him.

Fans grew mad as the video circulated, prompting two responses from Redick.

He then released a statement, explaining that he got tongue-tied during the filming of the video. He said at the time of shooting, no one heard the accidental use of the slur and they did not re-shoot the segment. He said it's not a word in his vocabulary.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 10: Philadelphia 76ers Guard JJ Redick (17) reacts to the crowd after scoring a three-pointer in the second half during the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers on February 10, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 12: T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates with JJ Redick #17 in the third quarter against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on February 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 108-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - FEBRUARY 14 : JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets pumped up after a play against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on February 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 12: JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks back and smiles against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on February 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - FEBRUARY 14 : JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on February 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - FEBRUARY 10 : JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Los Angeles Clippers at Wells Fargo Center on February 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 02: JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles before the game at the Wells Fargo Center on February 2, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Miami Heat 103-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 100-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 20 : JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Utah Jazz at Wells Fargo Center on November 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 25 : JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers smiles after a play against the Orlando Magic at Wells Fargo Center on November 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 25: JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts along with Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot #7 against the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center on November 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 16: J.J. Redick #4 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the game on March 16, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: J.J. Redick #4 of the LA Clippers shoots the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 1: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic goes to the basket against Al Harrington #7 of the Denver Nuggets during the game on April 1, 2012 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic makes a three-point shot against Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat on March 13, 2012 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 30: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic waits to go into the game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 30, 2012 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic looks on against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 22: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics dives for the ball against J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 22, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - MAY 8: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic drives against Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2010 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Jamaal Magloire #21 of the Miami Heat reaches for a rebound against JJ Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic during the game on February 22, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic rests during the game against the Golden State Warriors on January 10, 2007 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Magic won 91-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 6: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic stands on the court during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse on December 6, 2006 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 94-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2006 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: J.J. Redick #4 of the Duke Blue Devils walks down the court during their Preseason NIT game against the Drexel Dragons at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NCAA College Basketball Championship - Mississippi State Winsome Frazier against Duke J.J. Redick during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, on March. 20, 2005. Duke won 63-55. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: J.J. Redick #4 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles around Troy Roundtree #42 of the Delaware State Hornets during their first round NCAA Tournament game at the Charlotte Coliseum on March 18, 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The four finalists in the 2005 John R. Wooden award as the nation's best male college basketball player after award ceremonies J.J. Redick of Duke, Dee Brown of Illinois, Sean May of North Carolina, and Wayne Simien of Kansas at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, April 9, 2005. The award went to Andrew Bogut of Utah. (Photo by Steve Grayson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 12: J.J. Redick #4 of the Duke Blue Devils puts up a jumper against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their semi-final ACC Tournament game at the MCI Center on March 12, 2005 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 13: J.J. Redick #4 of the Duke Blue Devils cuts down the net after Duke won the ACC Tournament Championship Game 69-64 over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on March 13, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
5 Feb 2004: J.J. Redick of the Duke Blue Devils during the Devils 83-81 overtime victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC. (Photo by Bob Leverone/Sporting News via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 20: J.J. Redick #4 of Duke hugs a teammate following their 67-57 victory over Colorado State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20, 2003 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
04 April 2002: J.J. Redick #4 of the East team moves against the defense of the West team during the McDonalds boys High School All America Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The East team defeated the West team 138-107. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images
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Here's Redick's full statement:

"To all our NBA fans in China and everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year, I want to sincerely apologize to anyone I may have offended.

"After a recent 76ers game, I was asked by the NBA and Tencent to record a video wishing our NBA fans in China a Happy New Year. I was glad to do it. 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.

"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 that I purported to say. Had I known it sounded anything like that, I would have been mortified and recorded the greeting over again. That is not a word in my vocabulary but I now understand how it sounds on the video.

"That is not who I am — as a person, a player, a husband and a father. I have been fortunate to play in two NBA Global Games in China (2007 & 2015). I loved the experience, the culture, the history, and most of all, the people. I ask your forgiveness.

"This should be a time of celebration. I am so sorry for upsetting anyone."

A version of the video can be seen below, via SB Nation:

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