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NBA Player Chalks Up The Great Wall Of China, Upsets Entire Nation

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | October 14, 2016

NBA Player Chalks Up The Great Wall Of China, Upsets Entire Nation


PHOTO: Screengrab from since-deleted Bobby Brown Weibo post. (Photo courtesy

Bobby Brown (not that one) illustrated why you should never inscribe your name or any image on a treasured and iconic landmark. reports on possible NBA return player Bobby Brown and his unfortunate decision to chalk up a portion of The Great Wall of China with his name.

The wall, as you know, is already pretty great and doesn’t need any added embellishments of any kind.

But above you have an image of Brown’s missive to whomever may have passed by that expanse of wall. Understandably, locals were pretty peeved about seeing what they would consider a complete defacement of a treasured landmark.

And, as you may have guessed, Brown has since deleted the post, per the report. Thankfully, immortalized the gaffe for us all to enjoy and learn from and included the caption: “Had a blast at the Great Wall of China today.”

According to the report, via and, one comment chimed back: “Are you proud of your carving? This is a part of world heritage, not the toilet of your home.”

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Obviously, there are bigger issues at hand if you are tagging up your own bathroom, but we get the enraged person’s point.

Brown, for his part, was apologetic. Here is the Houston Rockets player’s response, via, that also makes note of Brown’s time playing in China, which took place since his last spell in the NBA: “We were out enjoying the Great Wall. I had 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.”

Some might recall a similar instance play out when Vanessa Hudgens carved a love note in Sedona rock in Arizona.

That mistake cost the celebrity a $1,000 fine. Now that may be an easy fine to pay for the likes of Hudgens, but it might be a hefty sum for others.

So when it comes to walking around famous works or art, landmarks or simply down your street, just leave the chalk, pen or spray paint in your pocket. It’s far less painful that way.

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