Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 am  |  25 responses

Yao Ming Welcomes Newborn Daughter

Congrats to Yao, whose daughter was born in Houston yesterday, giving her dual citizenship in the US and China: “Rockets center Yao Ming’s wife Ye Li gave birth to a seven-pound, nine-ounce baby girl on Friday. The baby and Ye Li are both in good health. The family did not release the name of the baby. “I am very excited about the arrival of our daughter,” Yao Ming said in a statement. “This is a very special moment in our lives and we thank everyone for their kindness and support.”

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  • Bojangles

    first seven footer in the wnba?

  • Zach

    FYI, China does not allow dual citizenship. I don’t know how this works out for her.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Congrats to Yao. Seven pounds, nine ounces is actually average infant size, I expected dude to be having like twelve pound babies.

    @Zach – Maybe China already owns his daughter like they pretty much own him and his wife. They need to leave dude alone, and they got the nerve to blame all his injuries on the NBA. That’s another story though.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    congrats to Yao and family. i sure hope his career’s not over. best center in the league in my opinion.

  • The Philosopher

    Oh, No! Somebody said something about the Chinese government!!!

  • ripslam

    Congrats to Yao :D

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Congratulations, big fella and Ye Li!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Actually Zach, neither does the US usually, but she was born in the States and her parents have Chinese citizenship. Plus, he’s Yao freaking Ming.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, Enigmatic, you’re an idiot. You can make fun of any government you like, that’s your freedom; I could care less.
    But saying Yao is “owned” is just flat out disrespectful (to him), as it is stupid.
    If someone plays for Team USA and gets injured, he’s a f*cking patriot. If YAO MING plays for HIS home country and gets injured, its the government’s fault and Yao is a helpless victim. Get out of here with that.
    Has it ever occurred to you that MAYBE, just MAYBE, Yao WANTS to play for his country and his people, because he, like all those other international-level players, is patriotic?
    Why is it so hard for Americans to understand this?

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Teddy-the-Bear – you’re a bigger idiot. I’m not talking about him simply having to suite up for China every summer (notice I said HAVING TO, it’s not an option for him). I’m talking about them getting a small percentage of EVERYTHING he makes, from endorsements, from his NBA contract, you name it. I have no problem with patriotism, believe me. But this is something else. This isn’t Dirk playing for Germany cause he’s proud of his heritage, Yao’s country not only has a hand in his pockets at all times, they sometimes have MORE SAY in his decisions than he does! How is that not being owned by them?? And yeah it is my right, unlike so many others on here I actually FOUGHT for that right so believe me, I understand a little something about patriotism.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And I was born in Mexico and haven’t gotten my US Citizenship yet so technically, I’m not American. Way to say all American sports fans are idiots though.

  • Jose

    Don’t go to AZ Enigmatic!Don’t risk coming here I mean.lol

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I never had a reason to go to AZ before, sure as hell don’t now! But that’s another topic. lol

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    So you’re telling me Yao DOESN’T want to play for his country and his people? You’re telling me he ISN’T proud of his heritage? Right…
    You’re right in that the Chinese government has more say in his matters than, let’s say, Dirk Nowitzki for instance.
    At the same time, let’s not forget the benefits he has had by playing for his home land. The sheer amount of endorsements he’s garnered, and the popularity and marketing “power” he has in the NBA is (in addition to his great playing) due to his patriotism to China.
    And if Yao wanted to, he could stay in the US for the rest of his life and no one could stop him, obviously. And he’d be filthy rich and popular with Americans. Guess what? He DOESN’T choose to sever ties with China.
    So how does that mean a freaking government has more say in his matters than HE HIMSELF does? Way to exaggerate, buddy.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “Way to exaggerate, buddy”, indeed. You the one that got heated enough over a little comment to spew personal insults at me and then go on and on but it’s whatever though dude, I got some buffalo wings and beer waiting for me and life is too damn short. You, Yao and China have an awesome day. Peace.

  • pennydunk_1

    I dont find it patriotic it at all,getting manipulated by your country’s goverment and letting it play its political games on your back. And that includes the national teams. I have Redeem Team 2008 on my mind, the superfluous patriotism of the documentaries they’ve done about revenge and marines being proclaimed war heroes while usa team weeps crocodile tears and Kryzefsky’s heritage and family history. You can respect your land and your people without buying to the above. You chose to be manipulated by the entertainment industry, your body, your personal life being under the microscope for ten years or so. Dont make things worse. No problem with sincere patriots, but to think we’re taking all that nationalist crap nba throws us without saying anything….while we’re the first to jump on Josh Howard being sincerely unpatriotic and demand an apology from him. Of course multinational corporations like Nike empathise with their athletes’ patriotic sentiment wake, when it comes to the million dollar dance of the Olympics for instance. Of course we feel proud of our Redeem Team dominating the nations in basketball like our troops dominate the nations on the war field, but I would feel prouder if I cashed one of the checks they gave Bryant for his patriotism. But then again I didn’t win it, he won it for me and the rest of us, so he got the right to be considered a better patriot and earn some millions more for him and his bosses, while we, the lesser patriots cheer and go to work the next day to earn the misery salaries the ones who want us to be patriotic so generously pay us.

  • don

    will the yao couple be allowed to have more than 1 kid? would like to see them have a baby boy as well.

  • Ronald

    Wait, so when the China government gets a “share” of every bit of money that Yao makes it’s a bad thing. But when the American governemtn taxes you for every dollar you make no matter where you are its a-okay?

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to the Triads.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ lol.
    Great, Enigmatic. I’ll take that as an “Oh sh!t, he makes some decent points that I never knew about because nobody in the Western media told me this, so I’m just going to act like I don’t care although I was the one who brought this issue up in the FIRST place, on a story that was supposed to be POSITIVE…”
    Whatever man, peace, and enjoy those wings I guess…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, co-sign Ronald…

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Haha, always good to see people volunteer opinions on what little they know here.

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