It seems as if most of the American media is shielding the identity of the fired and suspended ESPN employees following the Jeremy Lin “chink in the armor” headline from the other day. So we have to go to the UK media to find out who they are. Sure enough, one of them pleads his case by pointing out his wife is Asian.
I’m sure she finds it hilarious.
An ESPN anchor suspended for making an offensive remark when referring to New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin has defended himself on Twitter.
Anchor Max Bretos has been taken off-air for 30 days for using the phrase ‘Chink in the armor’ when talking about the basketball player who is of Asian descent.
ESPN writer Antony Federico was fired after using the same phrase in a story headline on their mobile website after the Knicks lost to New Orleans on Friday.
On Twitter Bretos said: ‘My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community.
‘Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention, phrase was inappropriate in this context.’
Bretos said he had learned from the gaffe and that he would make ‘every effort’ to avoid something like this happening again.
Federico also apologised for his blunder – and said he was not trying to be offensive.
‘This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny,’ he told the New York Daily News. ‘I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.’
The headline appeared on the ESPN mobile website between 2.30am and 3.05am on Saturday morning.
He added that he had used the same headline on stories at least a hundred times before and did not think anything of it.