Guerschon Yabusele

Ex-Celtic Guerschon Yabusele fined by CBA for not looking at Chinese flag during anthem

Ex-Celtic Guerschon Yabusele fined by CBA for not looking at Chinese flag during anthem

Ex-Celtic Guerschon Yabusele, now playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, got himself in some hot water over the weekend.

The 23-year-old was fined $1,400 and received a "serious warning" for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem before a game. According to TMZ Sports, a rule in the CBA handbook states players must look at the flag during the "March of the Volunteers."

Yabusele apologized for the incident with the following statement:

"I have the same routine, I've been doing this my whole career and I wanted to apologize for the people that took it Personnal [sic] because it was not my point," he said, per TMZ.

"I will show my respect during the Chinese national anthem and keep my head up for now on, Love you guys."

In 2017, a law passed that makes disrespecting the Chinese national anthem a crime that carries a maximum 3-year jail sentence.

Of course, Yabusele clearly meant no disrespect, so that explains the light slap on the wrist for the Celtics' No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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NBA rumors: Ex-Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele to sign with Chinese team

NBA rumors: Ex-Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele to sign with Chinese team

It didn't take long for Guerschon Yabusele to find a new team, but it's not in the NBA.

The former Boston Celtics forward has agreed to sign with Nanjing Tongxi of the Chinese Basketball Association, Sportando reported Friday.

The French forward was waived by the Boston Celtics in July, ending a disappointing three-year career in Boston after the C's selected him in the first round (No. 16 overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft. Jaylen Brown is the only one of the Celtics' three first-round draft picks from 2016 still on the roster today.

Playing in China is nothing new for Yabusele. He played for the Shanghai Sharks during the 2016-17 campaign. 

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Guerschon Yabusele thanks Celtics organization and fans in heartfelt Instagram post

Guerschon Yabusele thanks Celtics organization and fans in heartfelt Instagram post

Guerschon Yabusele's tenure with the Celtics didn't go the way he had hoped, but the 2016 first-round pick still is thankful for his time in Boston.

Yabusele, who was waived on Wednesday, bid farewell with a heartfelt Instagram post thanking the C's organization and fans.

I’ve Been blessed and thankful since that special day of my life. #2016NbaDraft 
I want thank all the fans, the city of Boston for all the love and the @celticsfor the amazing experience. 
I want to thank also my teammates, coaching staff, all the peoples working with the @celtics that help us everyday and all the peoples around. 
Boston will always be in my heart 💚 #TheDancingBear #Dabusele#BleedGreen

Yabusele was drafted with the No. 16 overall pick in 2016, but the French big man never took the next step. He averaged only 6.1 minutes per game in the 2018-19 season.

The 23-year-old's departure could open the door for the 7-foot-7 fan favorite Tacko Fall to earn a two-way contract with the Celtics.

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