This is definetely very strange. I tried to get the story, photo AND Pau’s reactions in one post…

O.C. Register: The Spanish basketball team is drawing a little heat this week for a promotional photo in which they all stretched their faces to slant their eyes. Making jokes about slanted eyes might not be the best preparation for a trip to Beijing…

The Olympic basketball team from Spain

Gasol, who said he was forced into it,  recently had this to say

“Some of us didn’t feel comfortable doing it just because to me it was a little clownish for our part to be doing that,” Gasol told Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports. “But the sponsors insisted and insisted. I think it is just a bad idea I guess to do that, but it was never intended to be offensive or racist against anybody.

“I didn’t find it very funny. I didn’t find it offensive, either. I guess some guys didn’t mind. To me I don’t want to be that way, I guess, to be doing that stuff. “If anybody feels offended by it we totally apologize for it. We never meant anything offensive by it.”

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Thass durty.

  • detox is coming

    that’s offensive and insulting…to the spanish team. getting a bunch of grown men to make a face??? dayum

  • Nabil

    Now Pau finally has a good nickname- Slanty McSlanteyes.

  • goodfella

    Geez, people are blowing this out of proportion. Pau said he didn’t even want to do it, but the sponsors were persistent, hey I would have done it too if there was a fat check at the end of that photoshoot which I’m sure these guys are getting, bottom line the photo was mildly offensive but innocent. get over it.

  • iskerfan567

    like i said in the forums, this is fucked up, but its fucking hillarious

  • xtro

    Oye, Pau! Que paso amigo! Tu no eres una racista, vale? Porque hiciste ese foto.

  • xtro

    U.S. Team will kick serious Spanish butt! USA! USA! USA!

  • Mitch4Pres

    haha thats not chill

  • BPandJ

    Being racist without even knowing they’re being racist?

  • JC

    That’s pretty dumb. I can’t believe they actually did that.

  • tnam

    well, goodfella, that jus tmean’s that you’re EQUALLY IGNORANT

  • http://lakers.com Gasol_818

    HAHha Str8 UP FuNNY!!!!!!!!! HAhah We need sum of this just to make sume noise yadada

  • tnam

    hey goofy fella, how can something be innocent yet offensive at the same time.. kinda contradicting yourself there, buddy

  • CL-Smooth

    everyone always blows things out of proportion especially when its a situation in which it can leave people to feel victimized and targeted. They were just poking some innocent fun that characterizes a physical feature that just happens to be much more prevalent amongst asians. btw im asian and i don’t find this offensive at all. People need to stop trying to take offense at any little thing that they can.

  • poi2u

    NOT FUNNY or CUTE: STUPID; YES!

  • Geloman

    Pau said he was forced into it but he had a pretty nice smile on his face. Looked like he was enjoying it.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Oh Man….if people thought that the chinnese were rooting for the U.S basketball team now imganing how it’s going to get when we play spain?

    If I was on the US team I would be like…”I found that picture to be offensive to this nation, great culture and wonderful people. If when we play spain, the crowd doesn’t boo them then I think everything is ok, BUT if they boo the hell out of them and chear us on, then we will take this game to another level on them!!!”….this way we can really have the crowd on our side.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    If the genius behind this doesn’t get fired…

    Pretty stupid if you ask me.

  • ShortDiezel

    I’m obviously a huge Laker Fan, but WTF is Gasol thinking? He didn’t want to do it, but the sponsors made him?? Are you 5yrs old? You are man and there is no excuse for this behavior..

    It was immature on all levels, especially when you are supposed to be representing your country.. Spain should be embarrassed

    and for those of you who think this is funny, please tell me the punch line of this joke..

  • lakersftw

    OMG BIG DEAL AND IM ASIAN
    I TAKE NO OFFENSE IN THIS AT ALL
    everyone stop making this a big deal or even calling it stupid
    who cares

  • ShortDiezel

    [Comment ID #48760 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I’m not Asian and I find it offensive.. You obviously have no pride in your culture or heritage..

    what kind of message do you think they were trying to communicate in that picture? they were making fun of your slanted eyes.. that doesn’t offend you?

  • kPoAbUe

    SUE YEN WILL KICK UR ASS LMAOOOO

  • ak24

    HILLARIOS

  • lskerfan567

    [Comment ID #48762 Will Be Quoted Here]

    cause your white and your “offended” because your still guilty, so quit trying to be politically correct

  • ShortDiezel

    [Comment ID #48765 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Actually I am FILIPINO so that makes me Pacific Islander.. “politically correct?” stop trying to use big words little guy.. you are pathetic and ignorant.. look it up in the dictionary.. ask the librarian if you need help

  • VoiceofReason

    Spain is racist. Their crowd throws bananas at black soccer players.

  • kPoAbUe

    VoiceofReason
    Aug 13th, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    Spain is racist. Their crowd throws bananas at black soccer players.

    is that true??

  • CHingChong

    Racist Spaniards….They will pay…laugh all they want….they better watch there backs in Beijing…won’t be surprised when they get attacked by Chinese Mobs….then it’ll be funny and they can make all the slanted eyes they want…..can’t wait to see what happens…

  • Adamas

    yet ANOTHER thing that the media blows outta proportion

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #48762 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Some people can make fun of themselves and take jokes and others can’t. You obviously can’t. That being said it was a stupid thing to do by the players, but it is way overblown.

  • ShortDiezel

    [Comment ID #48771 Will Be Quoted Here]

    This has nothing to do with the Media.. the Media brought it to the public’s attention and now we are voicing our opinion

  • CHingChong

    the guy that went bizarre at Virginia Tech shooting….this type of action that affects people like him…..Chinese people always get made fun of because the way they look…

  • goodfella

    what the hell is going on in here people, this is the lakers nation, this is suppose to be about basketball since when has this been a site to come and b!tch about politics,pc or pr right and wrong, get over it. everybody here saying the spaniards are racist, omg their racist, boo hoo, you people act like you’ve never said anything racist in all your lives. if anything we’re(Americans) more racist than any countries. Don’t deny it.

  • lskerfan567

    [Comment ID #48766 Will Be Quoted Here]

    your filiipino, so your the asian beaner, nice, why you think i’m stupid, i’m not at all, and ignorant is a strong word homie

  • VoiceofReason

    [Comment ID #48768 Will Be Quoted Here]

    very true look it up on youtube.

  • http://lakernation kauaimamba

    [Comment ID #48763 Will Be Quoted Here]

    who the hell is Sue Yen?

  • ShortDiezel

    [Comment ID #48772 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I can take a joke better than the next man, but my point is there is nothing funny about this picture

  • http://lakernation kauaimamba

    Little Help.I live on Kauai.If anybody else in Laker Nation lives in Hawaii and knows what time theyve been televising the team USA games let me know.Supposed to be 8:00 est which is 2:00am my time.Seems weird though.Aloha and mahalo!

  • ShortDiezel

    [Comment ID #48777 Will Be Quoted Here]

    First off, I’m not your homie.. and second, if you don’t want me to call you ignorant than don’t say ignorant sh$t..

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    I understand this is a major issue – but please refrain from racist comments and whatnot.

  • lakers4life

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  • lakers4life

    HA

  • lakersftw

    lol major issue
    everyone just calm down

  • vida8

    There are people who take this offensively and there will be people that dont take offensively all in all dont do stupid stuff to make u look like an idiot….

  • Anonymous.

    Hey guys I heard the Spain team also took a team picture with them eatin some fried chicken and purple drank.

  • RISKIM

    Ladies and Gentlemen. LA Lakers Basketball fans… how would Sun Yue, the newest laker, feel now that teammate Pau Gasol has “allegedly” ridiculed him by slanting his eyes making fun of asian people? This is some deeep shit… Pau says that it wasn’t a racial joke… hmmmm… then what the fuck was it trying to portray? i’m asian and back in my high school days, whites, blacks and hispanics did the same thing as Pau and made fun of my racial background. i had so much respect for pau, but he went pretty shallow…trade that soft ass…

  • omglakers

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    YEE filipino pride :D

  • RISKIM

    Ladies and Gentlemen. LA Lakers Basketball fans… how would Sun Yue, the newest laker, feel now that teammate Pau Gasol has “allegedly” ridiculed him by slanting his eyes making fun of asian people? This is a huge issue… Pau says that it wasn’t a racial joke… hmmmm… then what the hell (much emphasis added) was it trying to portray? i’m asian and back in my high school days, whites, blacks and hispanics did the same thing as Pau and made fun of my racial background. i had so much respect for pau, but he went pretty shallow…trade that soft ass…

    I have a good topic proposal for Lakers Nation Podcast: Pau and the entire Spanish team being racist… more importantly, the diversity issue in the game of basketball…

  • yellowpurplefever

    I find it Stupid and Offensive.to do this $hit before going to China!?. WTF,the Spanish think they are? This is not 1600’s when they used to own 1/4 of the world. These are grown men and they can’t think for themselves? Lame excuse. This is a bad decision for Pau being in LA and live in the most diverse city in America.
    POLITICALLY WAS WRONG
    JUDGEMENTLLY WAS WRONG
    AD COMPANY FIRED YES
    PAU APOLOGY TO ASIANS YES
    RACIST NO BUT IGNORANT YES
    GO USA!KICK THE $HIT SPANIARDS AND BRING THEM BACK TO THIS CENTURY OR SHOULD I CALL ON QUEEN ELIZABETH
    APOLOGY ACCEPTED

  • daboss1849

    I dated a Filipino who had slanted eyes and a slanted snatch!!!!!

  • lskerfan567

    i love fillipino girls there my second favrite

  • pr0mega

    I bet she was tight… If you know what I mean.

  • lakers4life

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    umm your gay

  • lakers4life

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    hahahahaahahahahhaa rofl

  • http://myspace.com/thaonlyrhom RD

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    SAME HERE! that makes us 3! FILIPINO!

  • lskerfan567

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    Lmao, i love the spain there so fucked up, well probaly i have some spanish in me

  • http://89.com MambaKB24

    this is pretty bad
    i wonder how training camp will be in a couple of weeks when mitch kupchack introduces the newest laker to his teammates

    “Hey, im Sun Yue”

    “Hi, my name is kobe, remember me raping you on the court this summer?”

    “Hey, im Pau, the spanish dude who took slanted eyed photos that just might have offendd you”

    poor guy, he wont even get Coby Karl minutes next year

    i say hes back in China by 2011

  • DCLAKER

    Hahaha…omg,Mamba that was funny as hell.

  • E-ROC

    “We were forced to do it.” Give me a friggin break. This will be condemned and that will be all. Imagined if the USA team did this. They would be crucified and the players would probably be suspended. This will be water under-the-bridge by this weekend. Where is Andrew Bogut to talk about European players being racist? He was so eager to talk about how American players are egocentric and all about their money and women.

  • Gelo

    WHO THE HELL CARES!!!! People. USA is gonna kick the living SH…T out of the Spaniards and that’s all that matters.

  • DCLAKER

    Man,excuse my french but…F??k A.Bogut!!!!!

  • awesomerob24

    hahahahahahahahahaha
    man thats funny!!
    pau is awesome!

  • LakersOwnage

    Its ridiculous how they are insulting the asian people when the Olympics are held in china. I wouldnt be surprised if all the asian people ganged up and kicked one of their butts..

  • west213

    STFU PPL…..THIS SHI TS TOOO FUNNNNY =]]]]]

    they’re not racist at all

  • LakersNo1

    the spanish team looks stupid in the photo anyway racist or not.

  • Goodsport

    Our Spanish friends,

    You are to be applauded for perpetuating racial stereotypes. Sometimes it’s just easier to generalize large groups of people in a demeaning, yet oddly fun and seemingly harmless way. Stereotypes–they’re a real time saver!

    Hugs and kisses,

    A. Hitler

    P.S. You guys are still Hispanic, right?

  • mauriceaj

    i still don’t understand why this pic is offensive…..

  • Antequerano

    This is clearly a conspiration made by USA media ’cause USA plays Spain Saturday and USA knows Spain can rape them. Asian ppl said they find it funny and don´t find offensive. Who´re all the time finding it offensive? USA media, and oh, 3 days before USA-Spain.

    I find very more offensive how a lot of american ppl (including the blog owners)are treating the 11 USA rivals. It seems the tournament is only played by USA and the other 11 teams are invisible and don´t exist, so USA has already won.

    I can´t wait for the Saturday to see how Spain rapes the ”only team which is playing this tournament, ’cause the other 11 teams don´t exist” ;)

  • roscoe

    whoevers idea this picture was is a complete moron. secondly i don’t think asians really take offense to this. yes, they have slant eyes. yea, they know they have slant eyes, and it’s the least offensive way to make fun of someone by their appearance because it’s the shallowest topic to approach.

  • sketch

    No! This is not being blown out of proportion goodfella. It’s a very offensive and racist gesture. Pau is a grown man and should have stood his ground if he felt “uncomfortable”. The fact of the matter is that he didn’t and now it’s time to own up to it.
    Let me be very clear, this was a racist gesture, but it does not mean that Pau and the Spanish team are racists! We all know that when we get together with our buddies from other ethnic backgrounds, we all joke around with one another. That’s because we’ve built a trust amongst each other and an understanding that it’s all in jest. But to do it publicly is completely different!
    I heard that the Lakers organization has already issued a statement which basically is saying that it’s the Spanish team’s deal and they need to deal with it. Newsflash Dr Buss and Mitch!!! Pau is a full time lakers employee now. What he does reflects upon the lakers organization. For the Lakers to back away from this so quickly is extremely dissappointing. There could be a huge backlash if the organization doesn’t “ask” Pau to make an appology.

  • sketch

    Hey Antequerano! Yeah, that’s right, it’s “clearly” a “conspiration” by the US media. Are you friggin retarded? What a moronic thing to say. And yeah, you’ve personally spoken to All the asian people right? Otherwise how can you say that even the asain people find it funny. Look, you may be ignorant and the Spanish team as well, but it does not excuse them from this offensive act. Just own up to it and apologize and everything will be fine. I’m sure the asian people are very understanding a proper apology, I know this because I’ve spoken to every one of them.

  • vintij

    There are always people looking to get offended for any reason. And the ones who get offended the most, are not even asian. This is effing stupid. Its a photo that clearly was not those guys idea, and was clearly not meant to be racist. Big effing deal they squinched there eyes, what do asians own the squinched eyed copywrite or something? People need to get over there false sense of importance in the world. When someone is offended over the stupidest thing, it usually means they want some attention. I bet if the olympics where in america and the spanish team took a photo of them wearing cowboy hats and american idol tee shirts with fat suits on, nobody would say a damn thing because aparently we are not “minorities” can you believe people are actually using the “minority” excuse? Yea since china is such a huge minority with nearly a billion people on that continent alone. There three times more chinese than there are americans, how can they be the minority?

  • kobe4ever

    Spanish fans do throw bananas at black soccer players and hold racist signs up. Racism is more common in Europe and is not as well regulated as in the US. Say what you want but for all those people that have said the US is racist in the past, we have actually become a politically correct nation walking on eggshells when it comes to race. As far as this photo goes, yes in my opinion it was in bad taste and may come off as racist, but lets get over it please, and get back to the games. I’m still glad Pau came to the Lakers and enough with the black and filipino racial jokes guys. We’re all Lakers fans, who cares about race, CARE ABOUT THE LAKERS 2009 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

  • AsianKobe

    This is sad… I actually liked Gasol. I’m asian but i’m not Chinese. This is still a racist photo to all asians. I just lost all respect for the Spanish players.

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    This is a little bit blown out of proportion.
    Spain really does not know better.
    USA knows better because blacks were put through slavery.
    Its is a double standard in the USA.
    This is sort of like the Payne Steward situation.
    But anyway I would love to see Marc Gasol in a Lakers unform!!!!!!!

    This would be cool:

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=3251~1016~2027~3206~881&teams=29~29~29~13~13&te=&cash=

    Then we will give the Grizz a 2nd rounder of 2009 and we will get a 1st rounder 2010.

  • Lorenzo

    Not a big deal. Media blowing it out of proportion.

  • AsianKobe

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    its cuz u racist bitch too

  • lskerfan567

    the u.s is actin gay, trying to be politically correct but in reality, everybody is laughing there asses off, bet you that waht P bush did

  • sclakerfan