Following an incident in which J.J. Redick appeared to use a racial slur while wishing fans a happy Chinese New Year, he’s since apologized after originally tweeting out that he was just tongue-tied.
Here is Redick’s original tweet in which he didn’t actually apologize:
Basically, he’s disappointed in people who believe he used a slur — a rather weird defense of iffy actions.
Since then, however, Redick has actually released a more detailed statement explaining what happened.
At the very least, at least that helps explain how the NBA released that video without the apparent slur being edited out. If no one heard it, or believed what Redick said was a slur but something else, that weird part of the story ends. Whether or not you believe how he landed on many hearing a slur is up to you.
This story is not over, as Jeremy Lin has also released a statement backing Redick.
People are likely going to hear what they want to hear out of the video. How they feel about the apology, which some might feel comes a tweet too late, might fall in that same category of predetermined mindsets not letting a normal conversation be had.
Either way, Redick’s initial defiance, instead of just releasing an actual explanation, likely did him no favors on the mean streets of social media.