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ESPN writer fired for racist headline

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Jeremy Lin, AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

After the New York Knicks lost a basketball game to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night, an ESPN writer titled his story “Chink in the Armor.”

Chink is a derogatory word used for Asians.

The writer was making fun of Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American player who has led the Knicks to multiple wins in the last week or so.

I can’t believe that this writer would think his headline was acceptable. I also can’t believe that his editor would approve it.

Well I guess the last laugh is on them, since ESPN fired the writer. ESPN has also apologized.

I was happy that Lin did not take the writer’s stupidity personally.

“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized, Lin said according to The Chicago Tribune. “And so from my end I don’t care anymore. Have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”

Lin is still winning games.

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5 Responses

  1. Billy Rellinger says:

    No, look at the link…thats his actual account, he still uses it

  2. Stacy Davis says:

    It might be someone else pretending to be him.

  3. Billy Rellinger says:

    Know what real ironic…This is Jeremy Lins tumblr account …he calls himself Chinkballa88 !! Is this the same as African Americans (or colored people as the NAACP calls themselves) the N-word? Im so confused…

    http://chinkballa88.tumblr.com/page/2

  4. JFK says:

    Elvis was so very much higher then Whitney he had much further to fall. I never heard of Whitney being called the “queen”.

  5. chris123 says:

    Good for you for raising this issue, Stacy.

    But the Jason Whitlock comment about Jeremy Lin could be even more offensive.