“Whether on or off the field, fans should watch the game in a civilized manner, respect each other, do not do anything that damages the reputation of the team,” reads the letter.
Both teams also condemned the behavior of the fans with the Flying Leopards saying the words seriously hurt the Guangdong team and damage the image of the league and fans.
“Respect for the opponent is a basic quality that every player should have, and it is also a basic requirement for a qualified fan,” reads the team’s statement.
CNN has reached out to Weems but did not immediately receive a response. He also hasn’t publicly commented about the abuse on his Twitter or Instagram accounts, but did post emojis of hearts in a rainbow of different colors on Weibo.
Taiwanese-American player Jeremy Lin offered Weems his support via social media, writing on his Weibo page: “The abuse Weems received really was disrespectful, that word carried so much hurt, unfairness and hatred that I couldn’t put into words.”
On Weems’ Weibo profile, fans have also left messages of support. “Peace and Love. We will always be behind you,” ha detto uno, while another wrote: “Mi dispiace. Are you alright now? We always support you and stay here with you.”
Weems was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 draft and then spent a number of seasons in the NBA over the course of his well-traveled career. He joined the Southern Tigers in 2018 and helped them win the past three titles.
The incident of racism comes three weeks before China is scheduled to host the Olimpiadi invernali
Di lunedi, former NBA star Yao Ming, now president of the CBA, spoke of the importance for sports to build bridges between communities.
“There’s bound to be traffic on bridges — so sometimes we see collisions,” ha detto ai giornalisti. “It may take some time to resolve some issues … But we want to keep the bridges intact.”