China Basketball League fined Ex-NBA player Guerschon Yabusele. The reason? He was not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem.
Yabusele now plays professionally in China, but it did not avoid him to get fined by the CBA this weekend.
The French baller got a fine for $1,400. Besides the fine, he received a “serious warning” for not meeting the league’s requirements for anthem etiquette before the Nanjing Tongxi Monkey Kings’ game against the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.
Despite the accusations, Yabusele insists he was NOT trying to disrespect anyone.
Yabusele says he wasn’t trying to make any sort of political statement. He reportedly clarified in a statement on social media that he was praying during the anthem.
“I have the same routine, I’ve been doing this my whole career and I wanted to apologize for the people that took it Personnal [sic] because it was not my point,” Yabusele said.
“I will show my respect during the Chinese national anthem and keep my head up for now on, Love you guys.”
Guerschon Yabusele is fined by Chinese Basketball Association for ¥10k ($1.42k) for not saluting the Chinese national flag during the national anthem ahead of the game against Zhejiang Golden Bulls. It is a courtesy that one should comply with persuant to the league handbook. pic.twitter.com/8e9za2oLs5
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Showing any sort of disrespect to the national anthem has major consequences in China.
According to a law passed in 2017 that made it a crime. It can carry a maximum 3-year jail sentence.
This law is not only applying to the Nation, it’s also in the Chinese Basketball Association handbook that players must look at the flag during the “March of the Volunteers.”
The NBA is currently trying to smooth things out with the Chinese government, and it’ll be interesting to see if this latest incident becomes a factor.
Source: TMZ Sports