ESPN And Jeremy Lin
February 19, 2012 by staff
ESPN And Jeremy Lin, The same racial stereotypes that dogged Yao Ming early in his NBA career are now being cast upon Harvard educated, New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin.
American sports network ESPN was forced to apologise yesterday for an anti-Asian slur directed at Chinese-American Lin that appeared in a story about the point guard following the Knicks 89-85 loss on Friday night.
The headline “Chink in the Armour” was included in an online story about Lin’s role in the game that ended New York’s seven-game winning streak.
The sports network later announced it fired the employee responsible for the offensive headline.
ESPN said in a statement it was “conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologise for this mistake.”
ESPN claimed that the headline appeared to only mobile browsers for a 35-minute period but long enough for scores of people to see it.
The sports network also said it was aware of two other “offensive and inappropriate” comments on ESPN outlets.
An ESPNEWS anchor who used the phrase has been suspended for 30 days. And ESPN says a similar reference was made Friday on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.
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