ESPN Employee Fired for Racist Jeremy Lin Headline

By Tom Liddy on February 19, 2012 2:24pm 

Knicks star Jeremy Lin shoots during a Feb. 8, 2012 game against the Washington Wizards.
Knicks star Jeremy Lin shoots during a Feb. 8, 2012 game against the Washington Wizards.
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MANHATTAN — A writer for ESPN was fired Sunday for writing a racist headline referring to Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin, according to a published report.

The headline "Chink in the Armor" appeared on the network's mobile website Friday after the Knicks lost their first game against the New Orleans Hornets after winning seven straight.

The line sparked an uproar because of Lin's heritage — he is the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

ESPN apologize for the gaffe Sunday and said that it was aware of two other instances of similar "offensive and inappropriate" comments being used on its outlets, the Associated Press said.

In addition to an ESPN News anchor who used the phrase and was suspended for 30 days, a similar phrase was used on ESPN Radio New York by a commentator who is not a network employee.

 

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