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Chinese basketball probes ‘racial abuse’ of former NBA player

/ 08:37 PM March 20, 2019

Chinese basketball officials were investigating on Wednesday after reports that former Houston Rockets player Aaron Jackson was racially abused by opposition fans.

The 32-year-old American guard is said to have been targeted during the Beijing Ducks’ 117-103 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoff victory at the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday evening.

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Broadcast footage of the game showed an agitated Jackson being ushered along the sidelines of the court by a Ducks team-mate and an official instructing the crowd to sit down.

A reporter at the game posted on social media that a fan near the Beijing bench shouted a racial slur at Jackson, who had a stint last year with the NBA’s Houston Rockets but has spent most of his career overseas.

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“We are investigating. The spectators did say something to Jackson, but we have to ascertain what was said,” a CBA spokesman told AFP.

The Sharks, where Yao Ming made his name before starring in the NBA, said they were unaware of any incident and had not received a complaint from the visiting Ducks.

It is second time in three months that Sharks fans have created unwanted headlines.

In December, supporters taunted their Nanjing opponents with a death chant on the anniversary of the 1937 massacre of Nanjing, triggering outrage and an investigation.

With the match going to the wire, home Shanghai supporters were accused of shouting: “Why didn’t the Nanjing massacre kill your team?”

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