Basketball Player Fined: Former NBA French player has been fined $1,400 by sports officials in China for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem before the commencement of the match.
Players with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) are to stare at the national symbol during the march but it was observed that player Guerschon Yabusele, player for Nanjing Tongxi Monkey King, had his head down before Friday’s game.
Yabusele was given a stern warning and a 10,000-yuan fine for not looking at the flag as required, the CBA said in a statement. The player however, has not commented on the incident.
China’s government has since stepped up the promotion of patriotism under President Xi Jinping, with legislation approved in 2017 to punish anyone who disrespects the national anthem with up to three years in prison.