ESPN fires employee for headline on Jeremy Lin
BRISTOL, Connecticut-The Associated Press
AFP photoThe cable television sports network ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks basketball 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. The headline is an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese.
"I don't think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I don't care anymore," Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday.
"Have to learn to forgive, and I don't even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not." Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.
In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologized for that headline and said it is aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments. An ESPNEWS anchor who used the same phrase was suspended for 30 days. The cable network said a similar reference was made on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.