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As Jeremy Lin’s Cinderella story continues to bloom, so do the clichés, puns and, unfortunately, racial stereotypes.
Lin is the first American player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.
Over the past few weeks, Lin has taken the NBA and sporting world by storm, spreading “Lin-sanity” everywhere he goes after leading the New York Knicks to seven straight wins.
Not everything, however, has been positive surrounding the young star.
After Lin committed nine turnovers in a Knicks’ loss, a headline on ESPN’s mobile website caused a stir.
“Chink in the armor” it read.
ESPN fired the employee responsible for the offensive headline, who claimed it was a mistake as he has used the phrase “at least 100 times” in the past. It leads us to wonder how it made it past so many people in the first place.
It’s the first word in the headline, How can anyone not believe that this might cause a problem?
Perhaps it was an accident.
Nevertheless, if we can put it together quite easily to realize how offensive it is towards Lin’s race and culture, how couldn’t someone at one of the world’s biggest sports media companies not see it as well?
The right thing was done in firing those responsible for the negligence.
We expect better from such an incredible media source such as ESPN. For something so insulting to seep through the cracks is hard to forget.
Lucky for ESPN, Lin, who believes it was an honest mistake, accepted the apology it issued.
Lin has gained his following by claiming a starting position on the Knicks to finally being claimed of waivers by New York. Lin garnered the starting role after a string of injuries and bad play by the team, then including his dramatic three-point buzzer beater against the Toronto Raptors, and a player of the week award.
Hopefully, this is the last we will hear of the racial slurs coming from those who should know much better and here’s hoping that “Lin-sanity” has just begun.
With Yao Ming retired, Lin is more than likely going to be the future of the NBA’s international campaigns in Asia.