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Old 02-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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ESPN Fires Employee For Jeremy Lin Headline

I watched him yesterday, the first full game I've seen him play and it was just awesome to watch. He's a great story. It's a shame that some people still can't get past this stuff in 2012, and it's interesting that racism and/or use of stereotypes against Asian Americans is seemingly deemed more acceptable by some people. Especially some African Americans - if anyone saw the SNL skit Saturday, I thought that was a spot on statement.

BRISTOL, Connecticut (AP) — The cable television sports network ESPN says it fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline referring to Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The headline "Chink in the Armor" was used Friday on ESPN's mobile website after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to New Orleans.

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologizes for that headline and also says it is also aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments on ESPN outlets.

An ESPN news 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.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.


Staff report Sporting News


Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock apologized for an insensitive-at-best, and racist-at-worst, tweet about Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, which Whitlock posted after Lin’s 38-point performance against the Lakers on Friday.

In a thinly-veiled reference to a stereotype about Asian men, Whitlock tweeted, “Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple of inches of pain tonight.”

On Saturday, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) demanded an apology from Whitlock.

The tweet “doesn’t hold up to the conduct of responsible journalists, those in sports or otherwise, who adhere to standards of fairness, civility and good taste. Nor does it meet the standards of Fox Sports, with which you are associated,” the AAJA wrote on its Facebook page. “Outrage doesn’t begin to describe the reaction of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) to your unnecessary and demeaning tweet.”

Later Saturday, Whitlock, who is black, wrote on FoxSports.com, “I've cried watching Tiger Woods win a major golf championship. Jeremy Lin, for now, is the Tiger Woods of the NBA. I suspect Lin makes Asian Americans feel the way I feel when I watch Tiger play golf.

“I should've realized that Friday night when I watched Lin torch the Lakers. For Asian Americans and a lot of sports fans, his nationally televised 38-point outburst was the equivalent of Tiger's first victory in The Masters. I got caught up in the excitement. I tweeted about what a great story Lin is and how he could rival Tim Tebow.

“I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature.”

Read more: Jason Whitlock apologizes for offensive Jeremy Lin tweet - NBA - Sporting News
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i hope someone wasn't accused of racism.

because that's way more offensive and troubling than a headline like "Chink in the Armor."
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:59 AM   #4
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i hope someone wasn't accused of racism.

because that's way more offensive and troubling than a headline like "Chink in the Armor."
Yes they are saying it's racist. You don't think the use of the term chink is racist or offensive?
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Yes they are saying it's racist. You don't think the use of the term chink is racist or offensive?


i was being ironic. lots of people are far more offended by accusations of racism than they are by actual racism.

like the people who refuse to believe that there's anything race-related in the Tea Party.
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if Lin were not on the team would it be okay to have used the term "chink in the armor?"

Obviously if they are using the term "chink" directly towards him, then i can see the problem. IF they were just making a statement because the team lost, and there happens to be a Chinese player on the team, then its probably just a bad choice of words, nothing more.

I dunno, i think people are overly sensitive these days and blow everything out of proportion.

As for the other comment "couple inches", well sorry but
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i don't see how using the term "chink" about a team where the most well-known, most-talked about player right now is Asian-American could be anything other than offensive?

i don't give a hoot about the NBA, and even i know who Jeremy Lin is.

the more appropriate question is would it have occurred to the writer to use that phrase if Lin weren't on the team? writers and editors know well what they are doing, and especially their headlines.
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When the headline writer issued his apology, he said the double entendre was completely unintentional and that he was horrified once it dawned on him (it was taken down 30 minutes later), but that he also understood why ESPN fired him. An unintentional *spoken* double entendre might perhaps be different, since there's no time to catch yourself and edit, but you really don't want someone writing headlines for your publication who isn't going to catch
"Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin's 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets."

Whitlock's tweet was worse and, per usual (this was not the first time he's gotten in trouble for jokes that were both racist and sexist), his apology was of the "I'm-sorry-you-don't-appreciate-my-humor" nonapology type.
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if Lin were not on the team would it be okay to have used the term "chink in the armor?"

Obviously if they are using the term "chink" directly towards him, then i can see the problem. IF they were just making a statement because the team lost, and there happens to be a Chinese player on the team, then its probably just a bad choice of words, nothing more.

I dunno, i think people are overly sensitive these days and blow everything out of proportion.

As for the other comment "couple inches", well sorry but
Simply asserting that something is offensive isn't "blowing everything out of proportion."

This is reminiscent of my middle school students protest when they're bullying a classmate that "they're just playing and the kid shouldn't be offended."

My response to them is: "Who are you to decide when they should or shouldn't be bothered by your behavior. If someone indicates that they don't like what you're doing than the ONLY decent thing to do is to cut it out, apologize, and move on."
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his apology was of the "I'm-sorry-you-don't-appreciate-my-humor" nonapology type.
better than an insincere, kneejerk apology, if you ask me.
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if Lin were not on the team would it be okay to have used the term "chink in the armor?"

Obviously if they are using the term "chink" directly towards him, then i can see the problem. IF they were just making a statement because the team lost, and there happens to be a Chinese player on the team, then its probably just a bad choice of words, nothing more.

I dunno, i think people are overly sensitive these days and blow everything out of proportion.

As for the other comment "couple inches", well sorry but
It was a statement about how Lin probably cost them the game by turning it over too much, so he was the "chink in the armor."
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better than an insincere, kneejerk apology, if you ask me.
Well, that's what it was. It was insincere and kneejerk.
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I didn't read the apology, but if it was a 'sorry-you-don't-appreciate-my-humour' type apology like yolland said, how is that kneejerk or insincere?
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How is that not insincere?

I don't understand why some people have such a hard time saying "I'm sorry for what I did" rather than putting the blame on the other party. "sorry you were offended."
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How is that not insincere?
Because he probably still thinks it was funny. I'd think an "I'm sorry, that wasn't funny" apology would just be dishonest. Giving an apology that you don't actually believe is insincere
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