Floyd Mayweather Says Race Only Reason We Are Talking Jeremy Lin
Boxer Floyd Mayweather believes that New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is getting national attention because of his race, rather than his exceptional play.
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise,” Mayweather wrote on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
Lin, an Asian American, is the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to play in the NBA. Lin’s parents emigrated from Taiwan in the 1970s. A grandmother remained in mainland China.
Mayweather has drawn attention for racially insensitive remarks in the past. Mayweather went on a profanity-filled racist and homophobic rant against Manny Pacquiao in September 2010. In a video posted on UStream, Mayweather told Pacquiao, a Filipino, to “make some sushi rolls and cook some rice.” He also said “we’re going to cook him with some cats and dogs.”