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Former NBA Player Reportedly 'Banned For Life' From Chinese League

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A former North Carolina Tar Heels star and NBA point guard has reportedly been "banned for life" from an overseas league.

Ty Lawson, 32, has reportedly been banned from the Chinese Basketball Association, according to multiple reports on Saturday morning. The point guard is currently trending on social media following the reported news.

"Former NBA guard Ty Lawson has been banned for life from Chinese CBA after posting a couple of stories on Instagram," Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reported on Saturday morning.

Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Fujian Sturgeons had announced that Lawson was not being re-signed.

"His inappropriate words are inconsistent with the social responsibilities and values abided by our club and have brought serious adverse social impacts to the club and the league. We will not sign him for the new season," the club said in a statement.

Lawson starred collegiately at the University of North Carolina, where he won a national championship. He was the No. 18 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played for the Western Conference franchise until 2015.

The former UNC star then bounced around the league, playing for the Rockets, Pacers, Kings and Warriors.

Lawson, a Maryland native, has been playing in the Chinese Basketball Association since the 2017 season.