Over the weekend, there was a problem over at ESPN after a writer used the headline “Chink in the Armor” in a post about Jeremy Lin, the new NBA sensation of Asian descent. The writer has been fired and the anchor who used the phrase on air earlier in the week has been suspended.
Sunday, Feb. 19, following the Knicks win over Dallas, Lin told reporters of the incident, “Have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”
A mature attitude to take. We happen to agree with him – it was a terrible mistake, but not, we don’t think, intentional racism. More on that here.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols interviewed Lin, which aired Monday morning (Feb. 20) on “Good Morning America.” In the interview, Lin has to actually deny a Kim Kardashian rumor – he’s really on the map now.
“Stuff about me dating Kim Kardashian, I mean, I have no idea where that came from,” says Lin. “No, I don’t think I’m [Kim’s] type.”
Lin goes on to say of the almost overnight fame, “It’s a little overwhelming … I was shocked ’cause I actually didn’t even know they made my jersey. I didn’t know they did it that fast.”
“I just want to make sure I’m not doing a disservice to my team by milking all the attention because at the end of day that’s not what I love,” Lin adds. “I love playing basketball.”
Your next chance to catch Jeremy Lin in action is Monday night (Feb. 20) when the Knicks take on the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden.