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Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player to be a first-round pick in an NBA Draft, revealed on Tuesday that he receives racist messages online "almost every day."
Online hate: The 23-year-old Washington Wizards forward made the revelation via a comment on Twitter after his younger brother, Aren Hachimura, posted an image of an offensive message he received.
Aren, 21, received a direct message in Japanese that said he was “born by mistake” and that he “should die," reported Clutch Points.
According to AFP, the younger Hachimura wrote that while exposing the sender will not solve the problem, he wants people to spread awareness about racism.
Rui replied in their native language that he also receives this kind of message almost every day.
Fans express support: Following the Twitter exchange, fans posted their messages of support for the brothers in the thread.
Some fans highlighted that there are still many who support them.
Others expressed love and share positive messages for the siblings.
About the brothers: Born to a Beninese father and a Japanese mother, the Hachimura siblings are talented athletes who have become prominent in Japan for their basketball careers.
He may soon follow his brother’s footsteps as he is set to be eligible for the NBA draft this year.
Featured Image via Washington Wizards
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