Jeremy Lin Doesn’t Care About ESPN Offensive Headline

Posted by redcherry | On: Feb 21 2012
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On Friday night, right after the New York Knicks’ loss to New Orleans, ESPN put a controversial headline about Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin who made nine turnovers in the match.

The headline popped out on ESPN’s mobile version website with a picture of the talented basketball American-born player of Chinese/Taiwanese descent right above the offensive words. ESPN’s offensive headline lasted less than 60 minutes but there were too many people that had noticed the slur: Chink in the Armor.

After the public fired the sport station with criticisms, they immediately fired Anthony Federico who is responsible for the racist headline. The editor explained that the headline was an honest mistake.

Federico said to the Daily News that he didn’t try to be cute or punny. “I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy,” he said.

ESPN also had issued official letters of apology related to the incident. After the publication of the offensive headline, they would conduct a complete review of their cross-platform editorial procedures.

Besides to the now-former editor, ESPN also took action towards an ESPN News anchor who used the same phrase while talking about the Linsanity phenomena with Walt Frazier and Knicks broadcaster.

However, Lin himself no longer takes the issue seriously.

“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,” he said. “You have to learn to forgive.”


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