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Jeremy Lin is downplaying the use of a racial slur on ESPN that lead to the firing of one employee and the suspension of another after the phrase “chink in the armour” was used to describe a recent Knicks loss. Lin lead the Knicks to a 104 to 97 win over the NBA champion Mavs.  Linsanity is sweeping the nation with everyone cheering for the Harvard grad who has turned into a global phenomenon after only 2 weeks on the court. Jeremy Lin spoke to ESPN about the interest in his personal life and rumors that he is romantically linked to Kim Kardashian. Shame on ESPN for not properly vetting the offensive comments and allowing them to be written as a headline and repeated on air.
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Fresh off a new hardwood triumph, Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin brushed off ESPN’s tasteless “chink in the armor” headline Sunday, saying he didn’t think anyone meant to be racist.
The sports network fired the overnight headline writer who wrote the offending headline, suspended an anchor who said the phrase on air and offered profuse mea culpas, promising to be “better in the future.”
“They’ve apologized and so from my end, I don’t care anymore,” Lin said, after dazzling the Garden by leading the Knicks to their eighth win in nine games.
“You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional.”

Taking a hard line to contain the furor, ESPN suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days because he used the expression Wednesday when he asked Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier on air about Lin.
“If there is a chink in the armor, where can he improve his game?” Bretos asked. [via]

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