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'Tongue-tied' NBA star Redick in racial slur storm

JJ Redick of the Philadelphia 76ers, pictured in January 2018, appeared to use a racial slur to address NBA fans in China (AFP Photo/Rob Carr)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Philadelphia 76ers star J.J. Redick defended himself on Sunday after the emergence of a video in which he appeared to use a racial slur to address NBA fans in China.

In an online video compilation of NBA players sending seasonal greetings to fans celebrating Chinese New Year, Redick appears to refer to "chink" fans.

"I just want to wish all of the NBA chink fans in China, a very happy Chinese New Year," the 33-year-old says.

Redick responded to the controversy on Twitter early Sunday, blaming a verbal slip for his use of the word.

"Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China," Redick wrote.

"Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I'm disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word.

"I love and respect our friends in China."

Redick joined the 76ers this season, the latest stop on a career that has included previous spells with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers.