NBA / Dec 19, 2008 / 2:10 pm

Breaking News: Yi Jianlian Lied About Age

Yi JianlianOn the first line, it clearly shows his birthdate to be 1984.10.27

According to Interbasket, recent evidence suggests that Yi Jianlian, is actually three years older than his official NBA profile states. A document showing Yi in his younger days (pictured left), displays his birth date as October 27, 1984, not October 27, 1987, making him 24 years old opposed to only 21.

This comes just a week after a crackdown on Chinese “age shaving” found 36 players in China’s professional basketball league were older than they originally stated.

Source: Interbasket

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  • weezy f

    UGGGLLLYYY!! why do chinese players lie about their age?

  • Mickael

    WOW…good job China

  • So what’s gonna happen then?

  • Three Stacks

    The same reason they lie about the quality of their merchandise: they want you to think they’ll last longer than they actually will.

  • DO

    nothing’s gonna happen, except they’ll probably stop making excuses for this guy. instead of saying, “he’s only 21, he’ll develop” they’ll say “he sucks for 24″

  • Big Shot BOB

    Is it just me or does Yi look like a girl in that photo?

  • baron von faulk

    oh for crying out loud, that is not breaking news, we knew that shit coming in !!!


    hahaha damn chinos

  • Three Stacks

    @ BOB, I dunno what kinda girls live in your neighborhood, but no.

  • Ross

    But why?

  • Taj

    Now lets see what these guys can find on Dikembe?? How old is that mofo!? LOL!

  • KillaKram

    Everyone in China who plays basketball knows hes 24…but this wont change a thing because NBA personal knew this too

  • matthew

    I’d like to see them go after the Olympians next. Some of those girls were so obviously younger than claimed.

  • mules

    …in related news, Greg Oden is actually 53 years old.

  • http://myspace.com/scoobwondah Sccob

    Lol @ mules…

  • John

    Yao is 39

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @matthew — They already investigated and found the Chinese female gymnasts to be of legal age. (They weren’t younger than 16 or whatever the limit was.)

  • http://www.ballersnetwork.com qUeSt??

    Now i know why Yao’s body keeps breaking down, hes at least 50

  • Jeronimo

    @ comments #1 and #10: By lying about their age, they can play in age-limited tournaments. Obviously, this is more the team’s fault than the players’.

  • s.bucketz

    this is like that kid that was pounding cerveza and tequila shots in between innings during the lil league world series

  • Mark

    So on a tangent, did anybody find out what age those chinese gymnastics girls were in the olympics? I remember them having some undercover thing, but did they end up (forcefully) relinquishing the medals?

  • ab_40

    I know they lie about their age… a lot of players from the african continent as well. but this picture looks photoshopped… really bad… the birth certificate I don’t know if that is real but the picture is deff. photoshopped

  • Diego

    Three Stacks nailed it in post 4.

  • Big V

    I dont understand the point here. If you’re 24, you’re 24. There’s no eligibility restrictions or anything….

  • SayItAintSo

    You can’t drink in China if you’re over the age of 23 so Yi had to get a fake ID and say he was 21. I think it’s forgivable since it’s not too dissimilar from what we do here in America.

    @AB I think the Chinese internal investigation said they were of legit age but the Olympic Committee said otherwise, right? Weren’t they forced to give up their medals? Also, drive/walk safe if you’re in the 206. CRAZY AZZ weather.

  • dapro

    To the above post, it Yi does look a little lady like in the pic

    Maybe it’s the bang he’s rocking

  • http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/even/rank/rankMen.asp rodnets

    not only he lied about his age, look at a pic HE IS A WOMAN…that explains her softness!


  • Michorizo

    So does this mean he can stop shaving his pubic hair?

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @SayItAintSo — TERRIBLE weather. And yeah, I think the IOC did clear the Chinese gymnasts and they can keep their medals. At least that’s what I remember reading a few weeks ago.

    As far as why anyone would lie about age: Suppose I showed you last night’s Blazers/Suns film and said, “See that guy #52, Oden? He’s only 18.” Doesn’t that make him WAY more attractive as a prospect than if I told you he was 23? You see it with baseball players in Latin American countries a lot.

  • Andy

    nothing surprising
    Ersan Iloysa lied also

  • Mikey F Baby

    Anybody who says the Chinese gymnasts were all 16 and older is lying through their teeth, or residents of Chinatown USA. If the games weren’t played in China they’d never have gotten away with that shit. and Nastia Luikin is hot.

  • http://www.aslkhad.com Logan

    Go figure… First the olympics and 10 year old chinese gymnists and now this… They should make some rule that if you lie about your age we can shoot you. Then I guarantee they wouldn’t! LOL!!!!!

  • http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/even/rank/rankMen.asp rodnets

    in soccer african countries go to sub-17 world champs with people who look like Oden

  • Ian

    im dominican so im used to seein this no biggie

  • Rico

    The IOC referred the Chinese gymnast thing to the gymnastics controlling body (forget the name). Both have said the documents given to them by the Chinese were adequate, and neither have the interest or incentive to push it further (don’t want to devalue the Olympics or embarrass the host nation). There is GREAT reason to believe that, apparently like Yi, those girls’ ages were lied about and the papers were manipulated by the Chinese government.

  • pmso

    Just like Barry Bonds said he didn’t take no drugs. Given the right incentive, everybody lies. Good thing the chinese are doing something about it.

  • the truth

    Not to be racist, but the Chinese lie their asses off not only in sports, but in business as well. Ever heard of the lead content in toys? The poisoned milk products? They will do anything for a profit. So much for communism.

    I love Chinese food, Chinese culture, and their women are foine, but this is just damn wrong.

  • ed

    In Dikembe’s case I can understand. It’s because they didn’t keep records very well in the Congo. He’s probably a couple years (atleast) younger than “official” documents. It happens in a lot of third world countries. But in Yi’s case this is blatant lying. Maybe he didn’t want to say anything since he’s representing China and they falsified his age for him. Or maybe he’s in on it. Even when the questions were asked about him at draft time, everybody denied it just like they did in the Olympics this past summer. Even when they could see he looked older than what they were claiming. I guess it’s not a big deal for the Chinese govt to modify birthdates on official documents for their athletes. But it’s wrong.

  • skywarp

    chinese really look young thats why they can gey away with it.. as for the olympics there is a real chance that those age were legit cuz im chinese im 22 but oden will look like my grandfaher if we where ever side by side

  • Hill Billy

    BREAKING NEWS: Yi is actually a 14 year old Japanese girl.

  • http://sportsgamblefleks.blogspot.com Fleks

    Olds news is so exciting!

  • ScoGo

    Why does Li look just like Ann Curry from the Today show? That’s quality role playing. Bet all ‘em Nets fans would like to see him do an impersonation of KG for a couple of seasons.

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    this is sad that their athletes have to lie about their age.

  • elcherino

    Who is dat soul fly fine looking asian chik at the top of da page and wats her numba. I need me some asian

  • Mind Ur Business

    People people enough of your racist comments… Why must you people make a fuss over what age he is, what truly matters if he is capable of playing or not. Don’t go bitching about how old is he, I know a bunch of people with fake id and etc…. so what’s the big deal? Cuz he famous? Get over it@

  • Soda

    21 or 24 he’s still soft…

  • johnsacrimoni

    Someone needs to step up and uncover the Oden scandal. This would be the biggest scandal in sports history and also the funniest.

  • http://www.theverticalsummit.com Dean

    Shit, that’s nothing. Lebron is around 28! He’s been heard saying, one day I need to tell everyone my real age. How come that never comes up? Will be interesting to see how fast he drops off; and with injuries.

  • jeff

    December 19th, 2008 at 2:17 pm
    Big Shot BOB says:
    Is it just me or does Yi look like a girl in that photo?

    LOL, i think he kinda does.

  • billybob

    funny, people act like lying about age is something that NEVER happens in the US. Someone say AAU????????????

  • Bangbang

    OMG!!!!he is a girl!!!c’mon!!get over it, Yi is great, so wats the big deal? 24 is young!!!Yes, maybe for Nets, it is some disvantages on the age, but anyway, they play better with Yi (without Yi, see wat happen these last few games?L-O-S-T all the time)….Oden is more than 60 I think…anywaym best wishes for Oden who was earlier overrated.

  • Bangbang

    by the, the photo looks like Michael Jackson a bit hahaha….its kinda pretty new for old photo.

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