Chinas biggest sports star Yao Ming has dismissed asridiculousan Internet report linking him to an American actresswho is nearly28 inches (70 cm) shorter than him.
The 7ft-6in (2.26m) Houston Rockets centre, who iscurrentlysidelined with a knee injury, was reported to have datedNia Long,a film and television actress.
Yao told Titan sports newspapers Web site that he had readthestory on another Web site with his basketball star girlfriend,YeLi, by his side.
Isnt it too ridiculous? he said. I saw the news onInternet.The writer is so good at hoaxes. Whats that? Shes only1.57m. Im2.26m. Does it sound reasonable?
The report said Yao had first seen Long in the 1990stelevisionseries The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which she playedthe loveinterest of Will Smiths lead character.
Long has also acted in comedy film series Big Mommas Houseaswell as TV series Soul Food and Judging Amy.
I have never heard of the name of her movie, Yao said.Werethere so many foreign movies in China when I was a kid?
Yaos long-term girlfriend Ye, a more suitable 6ft 2in (1.90m),isa centre for Chinas female basketball team.
Ye Li is now living with him. Anybody who has commonsensewillnot believe such a rumour, Yaos spokesman told Titan.
: an act intended to deceive or trick（欺骗；愚弄）