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JJ Redick issues statement after viral video catches him seemingly using slur

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J.J. Redick is no stranger to controversy, although this is a bit different.

During his days at Duke, Redick was among the most hated players in college basketball, portrayed as a rich white kid who got everything he wanted, and would never amount to anything in the NBA.

Did he whine about calls against him? Sure, but if he went to a lower profile school, nobody would even notice.

Now in his 12th year in the league, Redick has carved out a nice career, earning more than $56 million.

And, he’s done so while rarely generating any negative publicity.

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Until now.

For the past few years, the NBA has put out a video saluting the Chinese New Year. It’s actually produced by Tencent, but with such high popularity in China, the league gets several stars on video with celebratory greetings.


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Redick stood before the camera and said, “I just wanted to wish all the NBA c—k fans of China a very happy Chinese New Year.”

Do you believe J.J. Redick's version of what happened?

Predictably, as people heard Redick use a racial slur, reaction spread like wildfire.

Sunday afternoon, the Sixers guard sent out a tweet saying he got “tongue tied” and would never use a slur like that against anyone.

https://twitter.com/JJRedick/status/965277620823822336

Redick is one of the most polished players in the NBA when it comes to speaking. He even hosts a regular podcast, which is among the most popular in the league.

So his explanation of being tongue-tied may be hard for some to believe. But in his defense, he doesn’t have any history of racial insensitivity, either.

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Meanwhile, his comment was removed from the final version of the video.

The 33-year-old signed a one-year, $23 million deal with Philadelphia after spending the previous four seasons with the Clippers.

The Sixers, like all NBA teams, are off for the All-Star break. Philadelphia will return to action Thursday night in Chicago, trying to extend a five-game winning streak.

Redick will certainly hope this dies down by then.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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11-time Michigan Emmy winner
Education
Emerson College
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The Longest Year: One Family's Journey Of Life, Death, And Love/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions
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