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Jeremy Lin Responds To ESPN Racist Headline

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New York Knicks Jeremy Lin commented on ESPN’s actions after his game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday. “Have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”

ESPN says it has fired the employee responsible for posting a racially insensitive headline it deemed “offensive” about Lin. The network has also suspended an ESPN anchor who used the phrase on the air while interviewing Knicks legend Walt Frazier. During its investigation of the Lin incident, ESPN says it turned up a third inappropriate reference on ESPN Radio.

Sunday’s statement from ESPN does not name the staffer who posted the headline — or say whether it was inadvertent or deliberate:

“At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin. Saturday we apologized for two references…We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York. The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action.”

The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed and the ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days. The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.

“We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.”

One Response

  1. Julia

    I think it is great that the young man apologized adamently. I believe what the problem may be is that ‘racist’ or better yet words meant to hurt are said over and over to the point that we have become overly sensitive. If we as a people stopped judging our fellowman by appearance or what jobs they hold or the clothes they wear or cars they drive or even what school they attend. If we were to base our understanding on their character all of the hurtful words could or would go away.

    To the young man who wrote this be cautious, as you stated, “actions speak louder than words”… you did not have to speak on all you do… just keep doing it, now it looks as if you are justifying a slip in judgement. Accidents do happen this was not, this was simply inappropriate. Keep doing the good that you are doing and think before you allow your “words” to speak louder than your actions.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:09 am