hanghai’s basketball club has issued a public apology after some of their fans reportedly crossed the line with their trash talk during a game on Thursday evening against a visiting team from Nanjing.
The game between the hometown Sharks and the Nanjing Monkey King ended in a 111-103 win for Shanghai with Sharks’ star Jimmer Fredette scoring 48 points. However, the victory was soon marred with the Nanjing club taking to Weibo to accuse Shanghai Sharks fans of having shouted: “Why didn’t your team get killed in the Nanjing Massacre?”
Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, an episode of mass rape and murder where China claims that the imperial Japanese army slaughtered more than 300,000 people beginning on December 13th, 1937.
“We never expected that fans would use this painful history to provoke the visiting team! Our club hopes that the relevant departments will thoroughly investigate this matter!!!” wrote the Nanjing team.
Less than an hour later, the Shanghai Sharks issued a public apology on their own Weibo account, vowing to conduct a detailed investigation into the matter before adding: “We will always remember this painful history. Let the dead rest in peace. As their descendants, we will gather strength and work hard so that peace and justice will reign forever.”
On Wednesday, a Hong Kong man became a national hero after setting a fire at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine and using the occasion to remind everyone not to forget about the Nanjing Massacre. He was arrested along with a female companion.