NBA Houston Rockets player Bobby Brown has apologized for scribbling graffiti on the Great Wall of China.
Brown was with several players from the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans visiting the Mutianyu section of the wall in Beijing last Monday.
Brown said he "had a blast at the Great Wall of China" on his Sina Weibo account, accompanied by a photo of his messages - his name and shirt number - written on the wall's bricks.
The post irritated many netizens, who criticized Brown for damaging the world cultural heritage.
Brown updated his account last Tuesday, saying "I'm sorry for this. I respect Chinese culture. I made an honest mistake. Hope you forgive me." Brown later deleted both messages showing his graffiti.
A staff member working for the company that manages tourism at the Mutianyu section said nobody is allowed to leave graffiti on the Great Wall, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.