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Former NBA big man Dwight Howard, who plays in Taiwan, walked back calling Taiwan a country because he upset people in China.

“Where I’m from if I say I wanna go to the country, it doesn’t not mean that place is a country. It’s just how we talk. If I offended anyone in China, I apologize. It was not my intention to harm anyone with what I said in the commercial. I am not a politician.

“I don’t want to get involved in any politics… I have the utmost respect for Chinese people and utmost respect for Taiwanese people, so it was never my intent to disrespect nobody,” Howard clarified to the press in Taiwan, according to the CNN report.