MANHATTAN — It's the Beer Summit for the hoops crowd.
Knicks breakout star Jeremy Lin shared a meal Tuesday with Anthony Federico, the ESPN editor who was fired in February for writing a racist headline about Lin.
Federico — whose "Ch--k in the Armor" headline sparked an outcry because Lin is the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent — met Lin at an undisclosed Manhattan restaurant for a lunchtime détente Tuesday, according to tweets and reports.
One of Lin's relatives reached out to Federico to set up the meeting about a month ago, the writer told Newsday. The pair spoke about several topics, including their shared Christian faith, Newsday and CBS reported.
“It went incredible,” Federico told Newsday. “I’m just so excited we had a chance to meet. We talked for an hour. I’m just so thankful.”
ESPN pulled down the controversial headline, which was in response to the Knicks' first lost after a winning streak, shortly after it appeared Feb. 17 and immediately apologized, as did Federico, who said the racial slur was unintentional.
Lin told reporters in February that he forgave Federico and the network.
"They’ve apologized, and so from my end, I don’t care anymore," Lin reportedly said. “You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional.”