ESPN Nips Racist Jeremy Lin Controversy in the Bud, Fires Employee

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The so-called worldwide leader in sports has a real mess on their hands. It’s quite ironic since they always go out of their way to lecture everyone on race, isn’t it?

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 ESPNEWS 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.

Remember how weak in the knees they got when Rush Limbaugh dared to point out how meek sportswriters were when discussing the shortcomings of Donovan McNabb? Good times, good times. Sucks having the shoe on the other foot, huh?

At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin.

Saturday we apologized for two references. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York. The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action:

• The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed.

• The ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days.

• The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.

We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.

Sounds more than a little patronizing. I saw an ESPN interview a short time ago with Lin and Rachel Nichols. Ironically, she actually asked him about race. Oops.


Tags: , , ,

2 Responses to “ESPN Nips Racist Jeremy Lin Controversy in the Bud, Fires Employee”

  1. John on 20/20/12 at 12:11 pm

    I am very disappointed with this headline. Glad the guy got fired for being politically and culturally offensive. Are you all really that clever or do you think the public is that stupid? Don’t you have copy editors or are they racist too? ENOUGH with these racist puns and mis-speaks. ESPN and these smart ass columnist need to stop being subliminal and cut out all the racist comments and slurs. Between “Nips” and “Chinks” I don’t” know what’s worst. It is offensive and brings down our entire multinational culture. We we ever become a “post racial” society? I wonder if it’s possible.