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ESPN Punishes Employees Over Lin

February 20, 2012 by staff 

ESPN Punishes Employees Over Lin, ESPN said Sunday it fired an employee and suspended an anchor for using “offensive and inappropriate comments” in its coverage of Asian-American Knicks phenomenon Jeremy Lin.

The moves come after ESPN apologized for a headline that appeared on ESPN.com’s mobile website following the Knicks’ 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.

ESPN apologized for its Jeremy Lin headline, but this isn’t a first offense for the media giant.

The phrase, which carries obvious racial overtones when used in reference to a person of Asian descent, appeared on the site for more than 30 minutes before being removed at around 3:05 a.m. ET on Saturday.

The expression was also used by ESPN anchor Max Bretos on Wednesday when he asked a question about Lin’s weaknesses during an interview with Hall of Fame guard Walt Frazier.

Following the Knicks’ 104-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, Lin addressed the situation.

“They’ve apologized and so from my end, I don’t care anymore,” Lin told the New York Daily News.

“You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional.”

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