Wednesday , Aug , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Gasol, Calderon, and Spanish Olympic team stand behind controversial picture


Gasol, Calderon, and Spanish Olympic team stand behind controversial picturePlayers on Spain’s Olympic basketball team defended a photo in an ad showing the players using their fingers to apparently make their eyes look more Chinese.

The photo, which has been running as a newspaper spread in Spain since Friday, shows all 15 players making the gesture on a basketball court adorned with a Chinese dragon. The photo was part of a publicity campaign for team sponsor Seur and is being used only in Spain.

”It was something like supposed to be funny or something but never offensive in any way,” said Spain centre Pau Gasol, who also plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ”I’m sorry if anybody thought or took it the wrong way and thought that it was offensive.”

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http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/story/?id=246200&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_main