Over the weekend, the former NBA player took to his Instagram stories to send out a few posts covering his opinion of Chinese women. In the first one, Lawson claimed that he needs to “switch up his stance soon” on Chinese women because they “got cakes on the low.” Later on, in the second post, he uploads a picture of himself getting what looks to be a lap dance from a woman along with the caption “Yolo I guess lol.”
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Basketball Association took Lawson’s post as forms of discrimination based on race and gender. Because of this, the Fujian Sturgeons—who Lawson plays for in China—decided to release him immediately. The CBA followed up soon thereafter by hitting him with a lifetime ban.
The Sturgeons released a statement that said Ty had violated the team’s “social responsibilities and core values” policy.
In a since-deleted post, Lawson took to his Instagram to apologize for his comments:
“People told me not to address this… but I got to speak up for myself”. Lawson continued, “I’m the probably least racist person you’ve met in your life,” he added.
“I meant no disrespect… everybody (who) knows me in China knows I’m not that person.”
Following his release, angry fans of Chinese basketball went to flood Lawson’s Instagram feed with hundreds of hateful messages, which included a long list of racial slurs and other disgusting stereotypes being thrown Lawson’s way.
According to ESPN, in 2009, Lawson was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was then traded to the Denver Nuggets.
Lawson put up a hefty track record too. The baller averaged 12.7 points and 6 assists during his eight-year NBA career. Ty also had a brief stint with the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, and Sacramento Kings.
Luckily for players in the NBA (*cough cough* Lou Will) their posts in the strip club have yet to get anyone banned.