What was meant to be a friendly game of basketball in Hunan Province has burst into a furious debate on the internet, after an American player tossed money out to a crowd of students… and some students actually scrambled to pick it up.
According to Sohu, the (roughly translated) American Gym Ambassdor Men Star’s Basketball Team” (美国体育使者男子明星篮球队) was asked to play against the “Lithuanian National Basketball Team” (立陶宛苏托瓦职业男子篮球队) in a local gym in Xiangxi last Saturday.
The game itself was without controversy, but when the American team left the high school, one of the basketball players opened up the bus and threw RMB at the high school students.
The original poster claimed that many students scrambled to get the money. One female high school student threw away some of the money in the trash to protest, but another student came and picked it back out.
Like other foreigners-throwing-money-incidents in the past, this one triggered a huge reaction amongst people. The majority of students and commenters condemned the basketball player, demanding an explanation for his actions.
One netizen said:
“This is indeed not a glorious thing. Regardless of what that American basketball player did, students collected the money like beggars and humiliated the school, Hunan Province, and China. Moreover, if this foreigner did this on purpose, then the co-hosts has obligations to settle it.”
There was even a poll, which seemed to show that the Chinese people who’d snatched money had… hurt the feelings of the Chinese people?
What do you think of the Hunan students snatching money from American basketball player?
- If there is money, why not pick it up? 13.41%
- The students snatching money did it not because that they didn’t have money, but they went with the crowd. 17.07%
- Students humiliated our nation because they did not have any moral integrity. 69.51%
Do you think students nowadays in China lack moral integrity?
- Yes. They are a generation that is idle, corrupt and lazy. 55.49%
- No. The majority of students still have dignity. 44.51%