NBA Commentator Calls Jianlian Yi "The Chinaman"

November 2, 2009

Possible arguments that this commentator might make:

1) I am
not a racist! I had no intention whatsoever of using a racial slur. I
called him a Chinaman because it's an accurate description of Yi
Jianlian. He is a man, from China, hence Chinaman. It is in no way,
shape, or form derogatory.

2) I am sorry if you feel offended by my comment, but it is simply not true that I was trying to offend anyone.

I am simply uneducated and did not know that Chinaman is a racial slur.
I sincerely apologize for my usage of this word and promise that this
will never happen again.

Call me a cynic, but out of all the possible scenarios, I'd say that based on similar experiences in the past, 1 and 2 are probably more likely to take the cake.

Who is this commentator anyway? I'd like to send him a nasty email.


Lisa Lee


Lisa Lee works in User Operations at Facebook, and has more than five years of nonprofit experience in marketing and communications for multicultural arts and cultural organizations.



Don't forget "I even have friends that are Chinese!"
Yi Jianlian has worked his way up to become part of the NBA, only to be ridiculed by an official, racist commentator.Ridiculous.
Yao Ming was called Chinaman a few years ago by announcer Steve Kerr who claimed he had no idea it was offensive.
I suspect... that it will go by completely unnoticed.
"Nice pass and a dunk by the Chinaman!"
In honor of the NBA and White media shills everywhere, I have to say that the video clip was a rousing piece of commentary by a Cracker-Ass-Cracker man. ;)
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