Jeremy Lin’s comments in the midst of protests about China’s stringent anti-COVID policies have gotten the basketball star into trouble.
The Chinese Basketball Association fined him 10,000 yuan or $1,400 for “inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities,” reported Sports Illustrated.
Lin reportedly posted a video about his feelings, but that video has since disappeared.
Outkick reports this all took place under the backdrop of the Chinese citizenry taking to the streets protesting the country’s zero COVID strategy.
“Can you believe this is a weight room? What kind of garbage is this?” Lin reportedly said before his video was deleted. A paper in Shanghai said “the situation was clarified” and that the hotel was only for a brief stay.
According to the Hindustan Times, since the protests, restrictions have eased with shopping malls, supermarkets and other businesses reopening in Shanghai and other areas.
Lin currently plays for the Loong Lion basketball club.
(Editor Note: An earlier headline incorrectly stated that the Chinese government fined Lin. We regret the error)
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