China is one of the strictest nations in the world, enacting a number of censorship rules and regulating its media in a stern fashion. Ty Lawson experienced the nation’s firmness in a major way after he was banned by the Chinese Basketball Association for posting a series of what officials say were “inappropriate comments.”
As reported by Yahoo! Sports and ESPN, Lawson, 32, was let go from the Fujian Sturgeons ahead of the season and was not present in China at the time according to reports.
In a statement, the Sturgeons said Lawson posted inappropriate comments on Sept. 18, a violation of the team’s “social responsibilities and core values” policy. Fujian did not offer specifics, other than to say Lawson would not be signed to a new deal.
In Yahoo!’s reporting, the outlet shared the damning posts in question via sports journalist Emiliano Carchia’s Twitter account.
“Chinese women got cakes on the low…might switch up my stance soon,” Lawson wrote in an Instagram story, which featured a woman that was presumably Chinese bent over in a strip dancing motion.
Lawson, a former first-round draft pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has not offered a statement as of yet. Some might remember that the former Minnesota Timberwolves player showed promise early on before becoming a journeyman player in leagues overseas and in the NBA, but troubles with the law also stalled his career stateside.
With the news going wide on Twitter, Lawson’s name has been trending with fans noting that he was let go from a team for essentially praising Chinese women. Based on the reportedly offending photo, it wasn’t a ton of cake-age but we’re not questioning Lawson’s vantage point.
However, the rules are the rules and it seems Lawson’s career in The Middle Kingdom has come to an end. Check out the reactions from Twitter we’ve collected below.
Ty Law before the horny police got him pic.twitter.com/HbHGLsATgW— Donnie Voltron (@Brasco113) September 19, 2020
I dont see what the problem is, maybe he didn't blur it out? lmaoo— 𝕃𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕣 𝔸𝕟𝕕𝕪 🏀🏆x17 (@AChad92) September 19, 2020
We knew he was a lost cause when he lost this beauty 🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/M6VX28NEE4— boozy bubbles (@yeathatmax) September 19, 2020
This guy ruined his career because of shit like that... Had so much potential— Adz (@Adam_D12) September 19, 2020
Ty Lawson in China like pic.twitter.com/zG1O7IvyHN— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 19, 2020
Yo they kicked Ty Lawson out the league for saying Asian women lowkey got the yams. I’m stupefied— “We just Still” ~ Dummy Green (@Mike_Coop20) September 19, 2020
I be tryna tell black folk. Asians don’t like us either.... look how they slander Ty Lawson for a Chinese chick dancing on him..... 🤷🏿♂️ dude was low key bragging about shawty 😡..... pic.twitter.com/PIKNWEuzCM— IDK anymore (@ShimmyStClaire) September 19, 2020
Ty Lawson leaving China right now pic.twitter.com/OFppUcaXFq— John (@iam_johnw) September 19, 2020
Ty Lawson comment section is wild pic.twitter.com/XyGZyeTKPy— Dolphins🐬(7-4) (@8ensei) September 19, 2020
The Chinese CBA kicking Ty Lawson out of the league after seeing his Instagram stories pic.twitter.com/ewZDblqRuK— alex (@AlexUlrichh) September 19, 2020
Ty Lawson smh boy wild for that!!— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) September 19, 2020
How the chinese basketball league felt about Ty Lawson pic.twitter.com/Hl9V9L2L4K— Walter Garber (@mr0ntime) September 19, 2020