China runs rampant with fakes, a fact that Dwyane Wade should be aware of as he embarks on his latest collaboration with Li-Ning. On his China tour to promote his new “Way of Wade” brand, Wade was given a first-hand lesson in this during his stop at the world-famous Shaolin Temple, where he was escorted around by a pair of fake monks.
During his time at Shaolin, Wade and his wife were photographed burning incense and learning kung fu with the help of his wise monk guides. But after further inspection of those photos, it turns out that the “monks” weren’t wearing the correct clothing and weren’t from Shaolin. Furthermore, the temple has denied that it ever organized a tour for the visiting NBA superstar.
In a statement, Shaolin Temple detailed how the publicity behind the illegitimate event had “confused netizens and negatively impacted Shaolin Temple’s reputation.” The 1,500 year old temple that is considered to be the birthplace of kung fu, has also threatened legal action against the individuals who damaged their sterling reputation.
Along with the statement, the temple attached some pictures, pointing out how the man in the orange robe wasn’t dressed properly for a monk and that none of the Shaolin monks recognize the man. Although it isn’t clear if Wade’s guides were monks or not, they definitely did not come from Shaolin.
Well, it’s no wonder that he was so bad at kung fu then! Seriously, though, how weird is this?
By Sarah Lin
[Images via People’s Daily / Shaolin Temple]