Basketball: T-shirt stunt may cost Deng dear


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The Independent Online

Great Britain's Luol Deng said he was happy to risk an NBA fine for wearing a T-shirt honouring Africa during the pre-match introductions at the All-Star Game on Sunday.

The Chicago Bulls forward, originally from South Sudan, stepped on to the platform wearing a black T-shirt carrying an outline of the African continent. He drew attention to it when he was announced. The gesture could be judged to violate the game's dress code.

"If I get fined, I'm OK," he said. "To me, what I did is worth it. I wouldn't do something that's negative. I'm not advertising anything. I just felt like being where I'm from and where I came from, it's something that I always wanted to see as a kid."

Deng, who is expected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games this summer, played less than six minutes of the game, after injuring his left wrist and was one of only three players not to score a point.