China Freaks Out After American Basketball Star Defaces The Great Wall

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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The Houston Rockets’ Robert “Bobby” Brown was recently slammed by Chinese netizens for carving his name into the Great Wall of China, reports the People’s Daily.

“Had a blast at the Great Wall of China,” the 32-year-old point guard, who was in Beijing for the 2016 NBA Global Games China, posted on his Weibo microblog Monday.

He added several photos from his visit, including one of his signature and uniform number carved into the Great Wall.

Brown, who worked for China’s Dongguan Leopards for three years, has around 1,700 followers on Weibo. After he posted the pictures, hundreds of netizens released a flood of comments criticizing his actions.

“The Great Wall is our precious cultural heritage. What you did was rude and illegal. Don’t do in next time, especially in my country,” wrote one commenter.

“How about writing your name at the White House,” said another.

“Are you proud of your carving? This is a part of world heritage, not the toilet of your home,” wrote one user.

Many commenters told him to “get out of China.”

There were also a lot of obscene racial slurs critical of African American in the mix of comments.

Some people were forgiving and sympathetic. They noted that many Chinese people do the same thing at the nation’s cultural and historic sites, as well as those of other countries.

“No blame should be assigned to an unconscious wrongdoer. Many Chinese people also write their names on the Great Wall – maybe Brown just followed them without thinking too much,” said one netizen.

The incriminating photo has been removed from Brown’s account.

Brown reportedly apologized yesterday morning. Brown wrote that he “respects the Chinese culture” and “made an honest mistake.” He also said, “I hope you can forgive me.”

The post with Brown’s apology has since been deleted.

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