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Great Wall of China: Bobby Brown of Houston Rockets Sorry for Graffiti

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Bobby Brown warms up before an NBA basketball game in Denver on Saturday, April 3, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski; Inset: Screengrab of Twitter post)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 05:27 PM

Houston Rockets player Bobby Brown apologized Tuesday for leaving graffiti on the Great Wall of China during a sightseeing tour with the team and other NBA players.

Brown was in China for the NBA’s Global Game China and toured the wall with some of the Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans. He posted a picture of his name and number inscribed in chalk on his Weibo microblog, which is similar to Twitter in China. “Had a blast at the Great Wall of China today,” Brown wrote beneath the photo, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Angry Chinese internet users responded with comments comments such as, “This is a part of world heritage, not the toilet of your home,” the Chronicle reported. The post with the photo was later deleted.

Brown had played basketball in China for three years, but never visited the Great Wall.

He apologized for the graffiti, saying he respects the Chinese culture and “made an honest mistake.” “Hope you forgive me,” he added.

The Great Wall prohibits graffiti, but does have designated zones for those tourists who need to leave a message. Brown said he saw other writings as he toured the wall and didn’t realize he shouldn’t leave his mark as well, the Chronicle reported.

Brown said his fans in Shenzen and other parts of China were “great to me,” and that he would never want to offend them. “I didn’t mean any harm by it,” he said in a statement reported by the Chronicle. “I made a mistake. ... It will never happen again.”

Brown is working toward a starting role with the Rockets basketball organization.

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Houston Rockets player Bobby Brown apologized Tuesday for leaving graffiti on the Great Wall of China during a sightseeing tour with the team and other NBA players.
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