Much loved sportsman Lin Dan has incensed fans with the revelation that he cheated on his pregnant wife with a supermodel.
His wife, Xie Xingfang, gave birth to their first child on November 5th.
Compromising photos of the star emerged online showing him liaising with model and actress Zhao Yaqi.
Lin had been a national hero after winning the national championship five times, winning all of the sports major titles (the Super Grand Slam) by the age of 28. In 2012 became the first player to retain the Olympic gold medal.
However, if the comments from netizens are anything to go by, Lin seems to have forfeited his place in his country’s sporting pantheon.
One social media user wrote, "Brother, do you know that you were the pride of 1.3 billion Chinese people? How about now?”
Another said, "A shameless mistake has sent you to hell from heaven. No matter how outstanding your achievements are, you will fall short of being a father and a husband! Sorry, super Dan, this is unforgivable - you have neglected your responsibility as a man!”
Lin has issued an apology saying:
"As a man, I will not defend myself, but my behavior has hurt my family. I apologize to my family here. Sorry.”
This is the second major cheating scandal to rock China in recent months. Weibo exploded back in August when famous Mainland actor Wang Baoqiang released a bombshell statement announcing his divorce from Ma Rong after she cheated on him with his manager.