Hey, it’s all supposed to be a gesture of GOODWILL! We meant no harm! “Whoever wants to interpret something different is totally confused.” It’s a wink – a WINK I tell ya!
Well, don’t ya know it’s all just a misunderstanding?
The photograph, widely disseminated now by the
press, was made during the preparation campaign for the Olympic Games
in Beijing. …
Jose Manuel Calderon, an icon of the national team, explains
in his blog at elmundo.es that it was a wink from the sponsor,
something they thought appropriate and affectionate. He is blunt:
“Whoever wants to interpret something different is totally confused.”
“It turns out that in the photo shoot for the submission of
our team, one of our sponsors asked us to make, as a ‘wink’ to our
participation in Beijing, an expression of Eastern eyes — we felt it
was something appropriate and that it would always be interpreted as an
affectionate gesture,” Calderon says. “However, some European media
have not looked on it well,” laments the linchpin of the national team.
Calderon denies any racist tinge in the gesture and expressed
his “great respect for the East and its people.” The Extremaduran
highlighted his great personal relationship with several Chinese
friends by his team in the NBA, Toronto Raptors, and recalled that the
sports brand Li Ning China outfits the Spanish team as one of its