Fans Shout N-Word, ‘Get Out of China’ to Black US Basketball Player

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Clarence “Sonny” Weems plays professional basketball overseas for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. He last played in the NBA in 2016. 

Former NBA Player Clarence “Sonny” Weems was doing what most players do after a stint in the NBA: try to get back to the league. 

Weems would like to do so without receiving a barrage of racial slurs fans while playing in China. 

In a viral video on social media, fans are loudly and repeatedly yelling the N-word and “get out of China” at Weems, who plays basketball overseas for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. 


The racial abuse stemmed from an in-game fight between Weems and Chinese player Han Dejun of Liaoning Flying Leopards on Jan. 13. Both players were ejected. 

According to Xinhua News, Weems was fined $22,008 and suspended for five games, and Han was fined $31,440 and suspended for seven games. 

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In the circulating video, Weems and his teammates are exiting the team bus when fans of Liaoning hurled the onslaught of racial slurs toward Weems. 

Weems didn’t address the fans in the video. 

The CBA said it has a “zero-tolerance attitude toward any discriminatory words or deeds.” 

Former NBA player Jeremy Lin, who was the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, spoke out against the incident. 

“I’ve experienced firsthand what it’s like to be called a ‘Chinaman’ in a place where I’m considered a ‘foreigner.’ And to be honest, it’s scary when everyone around you doesn’t look like you. The abuse Weems received really was disrespectful, that word carried so much hurt, unfairness and hatred that I couldn’t put into words. I want us to all remember that, as individuals, we should pay attention to what we say. Because every word we say carries its meaning and will have a lot of power and impact. Be cautious…,” Lin wrote. 

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