FUZHOU, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Fujian Sturgeons said on Saturday that they will not sign Ty Lawson back to the franchise after his controversial social media post triggered public anger.
The 33-year-old point guard from the United States published a post on his personal social media account on Friday, which has been criticized for insulting Chinese women.
"His inappropriate words are inconsistent with the social responsibilities and values abided by our club and have brought serious adverse social impacts to the club and the league. We will not sign him for the new season," said Fujian Sturgeons in a statement.
The contract between Lawson and Fujian Sturgeons terminated at the end of the 2019-2020 CBA season in August, but the club based in southeast China have the priority to extend the contract. "We haven't signed him yet," noted the statement.
Lawson joined the CBA in 2017 to play for Shandong Heroes, and then transferred to Fujian Sturgeons in 2019. Enditem