Rockets backup point guard Bobby Brown apparently does not subscribe to the principle of, “Take only photographs; Leave only memories.”
The Rockets and Pelicans traveled to China this week to play a pair of preseason games in Beijing and Shanghai. While visiting the Great Wall, Brown decided to autograph the Wall, and then post it on his Weibo account.
He deleted the post, but not before it caused a brief uproar. Per the South China Morning Post, one commenter wrote, “Are you proud of your carving? This is a part of world heritage, not the toilet of your home.”
Brown, who played three seasons in China, profusely apologized for the autograph:
“We were out enjoying the Great Wall. I never been, it was my first time. I wrote my name on the wall in chalk. I saw different writings – I didn’t mean any harm by it. I made a mistake. I could have just put my hand over it and erased it. It will never happen again. I’ve been playing in China for three years now and I have the utmost respect for the Chinese culture, and the way of living here. I pretty much adapted, coming from the states, here for three years. My teammates, the fans in Shenzhen and the fans all over were great to me, and I just want to sincerely apologize for that.”