Statements on Jeremy Lin headline and question

Last night,’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake

(Statement also appears on ESPN’s MediaZone)

Wednesday night on ESPNEWS, an anchor used an inappropriate word in asking a question about Jeremy Lin. ESPN apologizes for the incident, and is taking steps to avoid this in the future.

(Statement also appears on ESPN’s MediaZone)

  • I hope there is more of a statement coming about this. I think you meant to also say “racist, ignorant, and highly offensive” in the apology. This should never have happened and I hope something like this wouldn’t even hit the editting room from any professional there to begin with. There is a lot of work to be done there and it’s unfortunate this becomes a wake up call

  • Don Ko

    I found this statement to be woefully inadequate, generic, and meant only to placate those of us offended by this. You’re conducting a review? Good for you, but it’s not going to be enough for the firestorm you created with your woefully inadequate standards to begin with. ESPN is so ubiquitous that I can’t sit here and say I won’t ever use your website, watch your TV stations, or listen to your radio. But I can say for certain that this casts a pallor on your brand.

  • Jay

    I think that ridiculous slip-ups like this point to the blind eye Americans have turned towards racism involving Asians/Asian-Americans. If the N word was to be used to describe the loss of an African-American point guard, more than this pathetic, distasteful excuse for an apology would be issued by ESPN.

  • Brian

    I personally hope for worse than this, but I expect nothing less than for whomever wrote this, and whomever gave it the green light to be published, to be terminated immediately. I have trouble expressing how much this serves to undermine so much more than Mr. Lin– his accomplishments, his fans, the excitement of “Linsanity,” and, of course, the dialogue he has begun.

    As reparations, in addition to a more visible and sincere apology, I would love to see ESPN broadcast an honest piece on racism in sports. It’s clearly an issue, and there is much to gain from its discussion. Just look at the millions– Asian-American and not– whom Jeremy Lin has inspired.

    Please take the high road.

  • gregorylent

    your reply is toooo corporate.

    be a human being … after all, you insulted many

  • char

    doesn’t change my mind that you guys are racist. like the guy above me says, it’s too corporate for offending so many real people. i hope you guys at least fire the people responsible that thought it’d be funny.

  • Don Imus apologized for referring to the Rutgers Women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes” and still got fired. But that was different because it was more offensive.

  • Basil

    I find these offensive remarks less unacceptable than the technical difficulties the ESPN national broadcast of the Michigan St/Ohio St game experienced last Saturday. ESPN leads the world in sports coverage, it’s time they raise the standard they hold themselves to.

  • Ray

    ESPN should be ashamed of themselves. #boycottESPN

  • Rob

    Corporate apology….fail.

  • Ryan

    Chink in the armor isn’t racist. It’s a clever use of a pun. It’s only racist if you intend it to be racist. Its just a word people.

  • Emil

    You pushed your Asian agenda so hard all week and then you go and self destruct in a second. Bravo

  • Corey

    These mistakes happen and I’m sure it was unintentional.

    I’m sure most of you have never worked in a news center so you don’t understand the fact that the editor was probably close to busting the deadline and and just thought of a headline really quick and didn’t even think that it could be taken as offensive, especially at 230 a.m where there news center is probably minimally manned. Give them a break, they’re sorry and I bet it won’t happen again.

  • Jay

    It was a slip up that was caught and removed.. Can we please relax?? I’m an Asian-American and was upset but now some of you are being ridiculous. They will obviously reprimand the writer and they have been giving Jeremy Lin a great amount of exposure over the last couple of weeks. Let’s not make this worse than it already is by demanding “reparations” smh. I don’t expect the CEO to get on his knees and beg us not to boycott espn. There is racism, stereotypes, and racial profiling on TV every day. They have already apologized on the web and on TV and I expect that not to happen again. If it does, then I would be as upset as some of you. But for now, let it go and let’s move on and enjoy Lin representing for Asians everywhere.

  • Corey

    I think people need to calm down. Yes, it was inappropriate and offensive, but it cannot be taken back at this point. Some people are just ignorant and you can’t fix that. As a PR person myself, ESPN has done the right thing by releasing this statement. It is not like they were prepared for something like this to happen, they don’t have absolute control over one of their people doing something to stupid. Just try to ignore it because people like that aren’t worth anyone’s time! People, quit throwing a fit, move on, and quit getting offended so easily. ESPN, you handle this appropriately because there is no room for that in the world of sports that brings people together like nothing else in the world.

  • John

    “Chink in the armor isn’t racist. It’s a clever use of a pun. It’s only racist if you intend it to be racist. Its just a word people.”
    Ryan, since when were all puns devoid of any racial undertones?

  • I am waiting to hear ESPN Executives apologize publicly to Hank Williams Jr.,…..I am waiting…

  • e

    Its called “having editors. with common sense.”
    Try that.

  • My thing is…what made the writer think this was clever/catchy? Did they think it was “brillant” to say what they said? Who edits stuff like this? Did the editor think it was clever/catchy also? It didn’t come to mind that they might actually offend somebody/get away with that?

  • LIN

    Every one of these responses so far is more than likely from an Asian-American. Someone messed up. Be human, right? Don’t ruin someones career, and means of lifestyle, for using a generalization. All of us do it. We’re all human. The words he used were offensive, and uncalled-for. However, none of these people were complaining when racial comments were made about other players. Just leave it be. ESPN is a WORLD-WIDE corporation. People make mistakes, and mess up. IF ONE WORD OR ONE SENTENCE DIDN’T SELL YOU INTO ESPN, DONT LET ONE WORD OR REMARK SHY YOU AWAY FROM IT.

  • james

    Terrible and deplorable. Insincere. Also, nice try using your Asian writer to post this pathetic excuse for an apology.

  • Patrick

    Get over yourselves people. This is what’s wrong with America. Everyone is offended by everything. It was a stupid mistake–ESPN apologized and I’m sure will take action. Get a life.

  • People do realize that ‘chink in the armor’ is not a racist phrase, right? The word ‘Chink’ in that phrase is not related to the derogatory term. It means ‘slit’ or ‘narrow opening’. Obviously they could have used a better phrase, considering the situation, but I don’t see why people are so upset. They didn’t directly him that word. They used a phrase that has no derogatory meaning.

  • John

    This should never have happened. It is not represent the american value that I know and admire. ESPN should fire those people who wrote and publish it ASAP.

  • Justin Kwan

    Honestly, I think this is ridiculous. When I was watching ESPN a couple of days ago, I don’t remember which analyst said it, but he actually referenced what would be the “chink in the armour” referring to Lin beforehand. It’s absurd that you let this slip twice. It’s ridiculous and unacceptable.

  • Bruce

    Do you people take live so seriously that you are really that offended by this? The heading did use the correct use of the saying (although many people think it should be “kink”). Obviously, it was not the right thing to do, and hopefully was an honest to goodness mistake rather than a play on words. Still, are we really that offended that we need ESPN to grovel to us for forgiveness? Stuff happens. Move on.

  • Serena Li

    I woke up this morning to read a handful of comments about the offensive headline on ESPN mobile. I mentioned it to my sister, but automatically assumed it was a joke given what I assumed was ESPN’s respectable level of reporting. But as the morning progressed, it quickly became clear that this was no joke.

    I am shocked.

    ESPN – in light of all the favorable attention you’ve been showering upon our wunderkind, how could this headline make it past your editorial desks? I’m seldom compelled to write in to any publication, but this insensitive incident demands an explanation. Jeremy Lin has captured our nation, and is only a sweet tale of inspiration and success. You have regrettably tainted this Disney story with absolute ignorance. Someone ought to be fired, immediately.

  • Gtank

    I have an idea, CHILL OUT!! Of course the headline was inappropriate, but the uproar you are all in is comical. Thousands of people work at espn, 24/7/365. Perhaps you could attribute the headline to lack of sleep, errr intelligence of the person who posted it. ESPN is the worldwide leader in sports, and they try with the utmost diligence and class to prevent these types of things from happening. What would satisfy all of you so troubled by this accident, a public hanging and free lifetime subscriptions to the magazine??

  • Tom

    Give me a break, I here racist comments each week about all races. Stop acting like none of you on here haven’t said or thought anything racist about anyone. That’s ridic-Lin-us

  • Kevin McIlvain

    Countless years of amazing sports coverage, and you are going to let a few people and one decision tarnish all of that? To call all is ESPN racist at this point is preposterous. Blaming an entire unit for what a few say or do is how racism and stereotypes start in the first place. So in a sense, all of you blaming all of ESPN are no better in that regard.

  • I think most of the people commeneting need to layoff, or more bluntly shutup. Did ESPN screw up, YES. But most of you are sitting here talking from your high horse, when you go through your daily lives on some sort of racist bent. Stop criticizing the network for something that you do all the time (whether you admit to it or not).

  • Mike

    As a black man, when I read about this I was not surprised. It was only a matter of time before I knew a company would take the nikename game a little too far. What else can really be said besides their generic apology? What else more do people want from these companies? Equal journalism for all? Dream on..

  • Susan Kim

    This is a disappointment to many people who have worked hard to overcome racial barriers in every aspect of life, whether it be; professional, social, or personal. This flagrant mistake calls for more than a review on a larger scale. My hopes are that this saddening perspective which is clearly racist is not continually passed around and down to others, especially children. I can only see fit a termination along with a public personal apology. Rewarding anyone who succeeds and overcomes barriers in a negative slanderous way is irresponsible and can deeply penetrate the collective conscious when doing so on a public platform. There are no excuses that can be acceptable.

  • NIC

    Ryan… you must be white… there is no word offensive enough to affect a white person… to say “Chink in the armor isn’t racist. It’s a clever use of a pun” is to sound as ignorant as the person who wrote the offending line, if not more…SHAME ON YOU!

    ESPN: it’s 2012… how could this have gone to press? I don’t understand…

  • Erik Weinberger

    It’s bound to happen. From the President on down people fear things that are different. Lin has been hyped to death by ESPN and that’ the problem with 24 hour sports networks you can’t in anyway see everything that goes on.

  • kim Harris

    Thats it? Woefully inadequate and very telling of ESPN culture that allowed this to happen. Shame!

  • Mike

    The apology is weak, but come one folks, I’m 1000% sure that the weren’t referring to heritage when the phrase was used. Why have we all become so hyper-sensitive about EVERYTHING? Personally, the insinuation that his popularity has reached the level it has because of his race is much more insensitive than using the phrase “chink in the armor.” I thought we are supposed to be colorblind, but both of these examples show that everyone, especially minorities, is more color-sensitive.

  • Wil

    You guys actually know what “Chink” means right? How many times has “Chink in the Armor” been used on TV the last X number of years? It’s a good sports line and will continue to be used. Is ESPN supposed to look up everyone’s family backgrounds now when they can use the word? If a guy is 5% Asian, can he be angered at a headline like that too?

  • John

    @19, we may all do it but this writer/editor is on a national stage. If he had said it in his family living room, of course nobody would have made such a fuss about it. However, they are being held to a higher standard due to the platform they stand on that is ESPN. I’m not surprised though. ESPN has a track record of racial comments.

  • Don

    I work in tv and understand tight deadlines, but to miss something that’s so blatantly offensive is unbelievable. Especially when it was the headline. Great, Espn is looking into it but how could anyone possibly use that term in this day and age? Shows a lack of credibility to say the least.

  • Tai

    @Ryan (11)
    Sorry Ryan that you don’t seem to get it. The “just a word” excuse is lame when it’s used by an ignorant individual but for a multinational media corporation that serves a diverse audience it’s not even a semblance of an excuse. I am Asian-American and I used to hear this slur when I was younger and especially when playing sports. Every time I heard it, it was delivered with malicious intent and never was “just a word”. When a multimedia empire like ESPN whose business is communications puts out a message, then it has a duty to its audience to be aware of how damaging and hurtful this language can be. A more meaningful apology is due in my opinion.

  • jeff

    Amazing that this happens in this day and age and in a place that considers itself a leader of anything in our society. And as for their apology and claim they will insure this won’t happen again, let’s not forget to that they did an almost identical headline during the ’08 Beijing olympics. How much longer will we allow this to continue w/o a room? #boycottespn!
    P.s. commenter#11 is an ignorant idiot.

  • Eric

    I realize its a saying, but it’s a terrible place to use it. Everyone knows that. To say it’s not at least racially insensitive is ridiculous.

  • Travis

    Ryan, while I agree that “chink in the armor” (the concept) is not in and of itself racist, as soon as you use it as a ‘clever pun’ to refer to a situation involving an Asian person, it immediately becomes inarguably racist, not to mention tasteless. Just as “Call a spade a spade” (the concept) is not racist, but is best not used as a pun to refer to situations involving Africans or AA’s.

  • james

    Right.. not a racist statement. Have you heard of double entendre? People defending ESPN are just as blind.

  • Mark

    Everyone step back and relax. Jeez – the world has become so PC that’s its unbearable. It was clever. It made me chuckle. At no time did it make me think less of Asians. Move on with things more important.

  • JM

    Get real people! If you are that tight that you see racism in every metaphor in the human language then it’s YOU that have the problem.

  • Eric Farino

    Being as ESPN is the major news source in the states by far, this will not get the growth it really should. A simple statement was put out and it will get brushed under the carpet. For a good two weeks of stressing the racial background, comparing him to everyone under the sun, then this happens. If CBS Sports or Yahoo Sports did this, would this be the top story on ESPN so the millions of its viewers to see? I bet it would, but no worries people, give it a day before it is gone from our memories and ESPN and the people responsible for it move on.

  • Mac

    I highly doubt that using the word “chink” here was accidental. ESPN uses puns in their titles frequently and my assumption is the writers did not understand the gravity of this word. Even so, this is kind of ridiculous. I see this word as the most racist term to be used against an Asian – likened to the “N” word. What would happen if the “N” word was used in a headline? There would be a MUCH bigger upheaval I can tell you that.

  • George

    I unspderstand the sensitivity of the issue and believe that racism should be dealt with accordingly but could we give a little leeway in the fact it may have just been a misunderstanding and wasn’t a full interpretation of a racist slang word. I mean honestly, most of the headlines that ESPN post have bordered on the edge of civility and this may have been a toe out of line, not a whole foot. I believe the individual who wrote it meant it without harm to the Pan Pacific Asian culture directly or to Jeremy Lin in general. It was making light of the streak and not Mr. Lin’s cultural upbringing. I for one am all for extending the olive branch to the writer who created it with an explanation of what the ultimate consequences could be.

  • Asian-American

    Shame on the Editorial staff for allowing such a headline to be posted on ESPN’s mobile site and for the writer and anchor for using this this racist slur. What’s more disappointing is that I viewed ESPN as a leader in sports and followed your website for Jeremy Lin news. It not funny and not a clever pun – anyone who is wise would be able to detect who wrong the statement is.

    This is a pathetic apology on behalf of ESPN. The people involved should be fired! It’s inexcusable and I hope that going forward, ESPN will take more caution when writing puns to increase readership and ratings.

  • Being Asian-American, I admittedly was a little offended when I saw the headline, but at the same time, it’s not like they were intentionally attacking him or anyone’s ethnicity. Everyone jokes about race, even their own. Get over yourselves, move on. We should take the folks at ESPN at their word and hope things like this don’t happen too often. There are far more worse things that could’ve been said.

  • Nick

    Step away from the racial aspect of the statement for a second. We get it, they get it … a huge mistake was made. As a media professional, what pisses me off is that whomever wrote it and whomever approved and published it, has such a blatant disrespect for their job and the great company they work for. There are thousands upon thousands of qualified people who would kill for a job at ESPN and are unemployed and struggling. Sure you can say its a first world problem, but this is by far one of the dumbest, most preventable mistakes I have seen and those responsible should be immediately terminated and that should be made public knowledge.

  • John Beach

    Id like to personally thank ESPN for removing my comment. I was moderated right off the blog….What were you afraid of? Makes no sense.

  • Ryan B

    Your apology says absolutely nothing. ESPN has been empty and soulless and intolerable, empty shlock ever since Disney bought them out. You have a responsibility as the premiere sports journalism outlet in the country, and you consistently fall short of expectations and responsibilities.

  • Aaron

    Too many do-gooders in this country. Nothing can be done if it offends anybody. We wouldn’t want anyone to just laugh at a joke, we have to censor everything because people get offended. Ridiculous. Pull the sticks outa your rear ends and relax a little. Enjoy life. Take a joke.

  • BDK

    All of this political correctness is just sad… the only person that has any right to be mad is Lin himself, and it’s just a word people… If the statement actually affected Lin’s career I could see him getting angry… sticks and stones people

  • Joe

    “We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again.”

    I already did. Didn’t learn from the same mistake the first time, they won’t care about this.

  • Ed Cigar

    Yeah, I’m sure that an entity owned by the Disney Corporation intentionally put a racist headline on their mobile service on purpose. Seriously, folks? I’m part asian and I don’t find it that offensive, but if you do that’s fine. It doesn’t mean that ESPN is evil and everyone should be fired. It’s a mistake, get over it. The reason racism still exists in this era is because people who can’t let it go shove it down our throats. Lighten up and do something more constructive with your time besides protesting.

  • RL

    RELAX and CHILL OUT? HOW DARE YOU! If they used the N word I think there’d be a lot more of an issue. To all the Asian people telling other Asian Americans to “chill out”…STOP BEING PASSIVE. It’s people like you that allow idiot people like this author to write racist stupid headlines. And to all you non-Asian people telling us to chill out, shut up! This is just an example of how much racism still exists in this country and I for one, am not taking this issue bent over. Shame on you ESPN and shame on the rest of you that are “chuckling” at this.

  • Blank

    I guess Floyd Mayweather was right, you guys are only hyping this kid because he was an Asian American because this was a corporate apology like someone above me posted! You dont want to mess up the money! There is no sincerity in this apology, just greed! You have exposed yourselves ESPN!

  • This is disappointing, but I am hardly surprised. Not because I have ever noticed any racist language in past headlines or commentary, but because for YEARS I have observed how your content is barely copyedited. It is rife with more typos, misspellings and stray characters than any other online news site I read. So of course that headline got posted – your editorial process is more like a sieve. Is anyone looking at anything before someone pushes the shiny “Publish” button? The answer, we now know with certainty, is no.

  • HL

    For those who say that the phrase is not racist, have you ever seen a sports headline such as that used for a white or black player? Second, do you not think that the writer does not know that the word “chink” is a derogatory term for a Chinese person? In this day and age, I would think that someone that is educated enough to write for the digital media arm of a multinational broadcaster would know how offensive that word can be to people.
    For those that are saying “relax”, you obviously don’t feel the history behind the use of the word, nor do you even try to understand why it is offensive in the first place. If you took your head out of your rectum, you would realize that it’s the same as calling a white person a cracker, or calling a black person the “n” word. Neither of which I would do in a public forum, because it’s disrespectful. But yet, using racist terms for Asians is acceptable?
    Asians have had enough. We’re tired of it.

  • George

    First I want to say it disappoints me to see such a ridiculously templated response. I just don’t understand why apologies like this are submitted, they just make the readers even more angry. You not only gloss over the problem, you make it seem like our concerns are insignificant.

    Kevin Ota, now I realize that you have to produced a canned response to this horrible situation. I hope you personally oversea the investigation and find out who, why and how this occurred. You have the power to make real change, real significant change in the largest sports reporting organization. Just like Jeremy Lin is leading the way for Asians in the NBA, so do you have a leadership role in ESPN. I think you understand that the voice of the average Asian is sometimes muted or ignored. You are in a position to make our voices heard. Don’t cave in and accept the first option to quiet this issue.

  • Hank

    ESPN should apologize for this inadequate and half-hearted apology.

  • Yih

    It was an incredibly ignorant headline based on lazy editing and anyone who gives espn a pass because “everyone makes mistakes” is misguided. The network (which is owned by Disney by the way) has an incredible impact and influence in our culture, especially for the youth. So this IS a big deal.

    That being said, asking for someones head/career on a platter is a placing a bandaid on a much more serious issue. Jeremy Lin’s race has been on everyones mind, for both good and bad reasons. And while it’s his performance on the court that ultimately gives him our praise and respect, his race is very much a part of the story. I think this would be a good opportunity to explore the untapped topic of Asian-American culture in the midst of this. Why are all the discussions on his race done between black and white espn analysts? What is really the difference between the Lin effect and the Yao effect? What makes the Asian–American experience so unlike any other experience today? It’s not a talked about issue, which is why how we should respond (with laughter or with contempt) is blurred.

    Espn should also question who is in their newsroom. Outside of Michael Kim, I know they lack Asian American voices in front of the camera. But how is their diversity behind it?

    Finally, this is one of the prevalent news stories of the day. So espn should not hide from it behind corporate letters on their website. In the same way they reported mayweathers tweet every hour on sportscenter and getting blasted on prime shows like pti and around the horn, espn should make the same story of this. In fact, their headline is infinitely worse than mayweathers tweet. Espn had a few walls of editing and it’s cultural reach is far greater.

    Anyway, I hope some good can come out of this regrettable mistake. Race is not something to hide from. But neither is it an excuse for us to flail our arms and start pointing fingers. Let’s start a more intelligent conversation on race relations in the 21st century…now that it is a topic literally more than black and white.

  • coop

    I’ve heard “chink in the armor” used to talk about Alabama football Kansas basketball and a million other teams and sports. Get over it its just a saying people are blowing out of proportion.

  • Britt

    Nic, how are you going to call out Ryan for being white and try to promote racial tolerance? Kind of defeats the purpose when you’re racial profiling yourself.

  • Pat Treadway

    It is hard to fathom what your commentator was thinking when he made his “chink in the armor” comment concerning Jeremy Lin. Although I note your apology, and your intent to consider further responses, I wonder if you appreciate the kind of hurt and potential firestorm this comment has set off.

    On the other hand, you should know better than anybody what the power of the press is and the power that commentators have to set off the passions of sports fans. You make a substantial profit from these things. You cannot reap these profits and then excuse yourself from whatever problems they cause others. Even if your employee made his comments innocently, something not clearly established, they have set off other comments by your viewership that is clearly intended to hurt. This has impacted an entire community in this country (and beyond). Our country has a well-defined history of racial hate mongering, which included the use of racial epithets. We know all too well that words cannot be entirely dissociated from deeper problems (the pen is mightier than the sword etc.). The words involved have not only caused great anguish in the Asian American community, reactions have taken on a global character.

    Jeremy Lin represents a remarkable story, a very American story, of success that resonates, with both the Asian community and his country as a whole. Those who know sports history know what others, such as Jackie Robinson, went through to succeed and honor their communities. Knowing that history how can we (you) participate, even indirectly, in the racial vilification of this new hero, who displays both a will and a character that Jackie would be proud of.

    Whether your analyst intended these consequences or not, they are now an established fact. Those who play with matches cannot be treated as though they had nothing to do with the fire. You and your employee drove your truck into this “China” shop. You need to explain to those affected what you intend to do about all the broken dishes. Your apology is a start, but it is hardly enough. I, and others, will be waiting and watching to see what you do next.

  • KoreanAmericanGuy

    I’m Asian-American. Personally I’m giving espn the benefit of the doubt in that it wasn’t intentional. It was definitely stupid and careless though and the steps they took were appropriate (removal + apology).

    However people have a right to be offended and have a right to express that opinion. I understand that too. Even today in America races of all kinds (including whites) are on the receiving end of slurs and stereotypes.

    Saying that all the people here who are offended are Asian-American is stupid. Just to on twitter and search for “ch*nk in the armor” and people who are offended are of all races. In fact, most of the comments don’t come from Asians (probably because they make up a minor percentage of people there.)

    The thing is that any person who has a clue understands why this is offensive.

    But let’s be done with it (the fans) and hope espn prevents this from happening again.

  • GFW

    Why is everyone so thin skinned any more? Everyone has to be PC??? If the same question was asked of Tim Tebow it would not even be a thing. People look too deep into it. Relax, dont make everything a race issue

  • While I understand why you people (the people up in arms over the situation) are angry, you need to back off just a tad. It’s true: The headline was insensitive and wrong.

    But reacting as you all have simply adds to the fact that far too many Americans are wound way too tightly. A bit of advice: It won’t bother you if you don’t let it bother you.

    As a white American, I attended middle school in a neighborhood largely occupied by Mexican and black families. I heard it all nearly every day; especially on the basketball courts. Did it bother me then? You bet it did. But I was just a kid. You all are (presumably) adults and not even directly affected by it.

    There are more important things in life to be offended by, and more important things to worry about. Please let ESPN handle the situation how they see fit and let us all move on. After all, this will be forgotten the next time an amazing highlight unfolds on your television screen.

    Don’t make it worse than it already is.


  • Chi

    It wasn’t a metaphor. There is no way anyone can say that headline wasn’t used intentionally. Someone said “Oh hey Lin is Asian and this is a way to describe weakness as well as his heritage.” Unacceptable. Terrible choice editors.
    Lin is a point guard. Does it matter that he’s Asian?

  • Sean Riddell

    “Chink in the armor” is a common phrase. Was it a pun? We do not know, I hope it was not. The person who wrote this headline may have never heard the word used in a derogatory manner or even realized it could be used that way. Everyone jumps to the conclusion it was meant to be hurtfull. Perhaps it was what it was, a descriptions of a weakness in a great player exposed.

    I hope ESPN takes this into consideration. Of it was a pun there should be disciplinary action, if it wa done unknowingly then no action is needed.

  • Lonnie

    Sure, it’s a metaphor – but in this context, it became racist. For any other player, it would’ve been fine, but when it comes down to it – they chose to use it for Jeremy.
    And if this was the first time this happened, I might believe ESPN more when they say they’re going to “take action.” But the on-air commentator already used it once before!
    ESPN obviously didn’t crack down on that when THAT happened – so how are we supposed to believe that they’re going to take appropriate action THIS time? I don’t believe them; and frankly, I think racist comments are going to keep happening.

  • The Nation

    I understand ESPN’s apology. But what everyone loses sight on nowadays is that it’s a word. In the grand scheme of things does a “word” determine your destiny. I am not defending in anyway using things of that nature, but people take these things way too seriously and get way too bent out of shape about it. Why are any of these things even known across the word when they happen?….Social Media/techonolgy. Chink in the armour? Let’s get real. its a pun, and when that pun was created, it was not refering to ar race. If you don’t relate youself to that word you won’t find it offensive. But Chinese Americans putting yourself side by side with that word anytime it is used. Everyone needs to take a step back, shut up for a second, and realize that words are words, and someone’s poor taste in word usuage should not bring such a backlash. so please shut up, grow up, and move on

  • Jer

    Not acceptable. And people who are defending this are also out of their minds. You’re trying to tell me, that it was an accident? Of ALL phrases to use that describe a weaker performance, that’s all you came up with. I guess it’s acceptable to use any derogatory word if it’s witty or in “context”. The only accident in this whole situation is Jeremy Lin becoming so successful off the bench. This is not an accident. This is a blatant use of a racial slur that I’d never wish to see in the media. Bravo. Also, the PR work of espn sucks. Social media is taking this for a ride, and the cushy little corporate apology is not doing the job. You’re move, espn.

  • George L.

    This is so unbelievable sad. Whoever did it no doubt knew the ramifications of using racist terminology. Sad way to rain on the parade.

  • Li

    I think it’s pretty funny how so many of you are blowing it off as it were nothing. Were the article directed at a black basketball player, this would be all over the media and everyone would be incredibly outraged.

  • rilson13

    None of this, NONE, is a big deal. Sheeeesh. Will everybody on both sides lighten up for crying out loud. My goodness. Ain’t no big deal…..

  • BM

    Horrible, wasn’t surprised. I knew something like this was going to happened. The one reporter, already commented on Asians, and their short comings. It’s Sad to see that Ethnicity, plays a BIG factor on perception in America, and negatively. BUT I don’t GIVE ESPN the BENEFIT of the Dumb, as a BIG News Entity sensitivity in ANY nature should be taken in consideration, that’s news reporting 101. I am guessing, ESPN is ran by the ignorant “majority.”

  • john man

    Wow, ESPN needs to take action. Lin can play….period! Tell your idiotic ESPN commentators to stop referring to Lin in every Asian stereotype. Bet, none of them can play ball as well and be intelligent enough to attend Harvard!

  • Justin Wise

    Truthfully, you can’t file this one under “Oops, our bad.”

    This is categorically one of the worst blunders I’ve ever seen in media. How something like this could pass through your filters, regardless of time, doesn’t matter.

    ESPN should be ashamed of themselves.

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  • KalopaMom

    It upsets me that everyone is saying that this is no big deal. So if Asian Americans should not get upset, then African Americans should not be upset if ESPN puts the N-word in a headline. Seriously! Why should any race be less upset. For generations we were called a “Chink” and it became clear that it was an inappropriate word as the world became more educated and compassionate. Those that cannot understand the outrage have lost their compassion, forgotten history, and in my opinion, are selfish.

  • Mark

    Now I’m reading people say it caused Asians “anguish”. Seriously??? If so…they are the ones with issues. Cmon. Is this really something that affected the world in anyway? Of course not. Roll with it.

  • Marco

    I personally believe the writer of the headline knew what he was doing. As a daily visitor to ESPN’s mobile site I have noticed that most of their cover headlines aim to be catchy that references a player or team. For example if Brandon Knight hits a game winner they would use something like “What a Knight.” So I believe “Chink in the Armor” was a very obvious reference to Jeremy Lin’s background. Shame ESPN. Shame.

  • Pat Jun

    I love how so many people so that ‘chink in the armor’ is a common phrase. When it comes to the chink portion, IT IS NOT a common phrase to use it unless its intended to make fun of Asians!

    For all you non-Asians out there that need a refresher or be enlightened on this….Chink, no matter how it may be used in the English language before, it has been used as a DEROGRATORY and DEMEANING term against Asians. End of story. Stop trying to spin it around that chink has been used for hundreds of years before.

    How many times have Asian Americans grown up being called this? I have been called this word many times and I’m sure each time the person yelling it didn’t give a rat’s @ss about its old English definition.

    Even Jeremy Lin has said this word was used against him as a racial taunt during his college career, there’s still people out ther who think this term is ok? That we’re all being too PC? Well I guess that’s easily said when you’re standing on the other side of the line.

    I’m sure people would take this more seriously if the N word was used to describe black folks. Or is it ok to use a six letter term to describe gay people even though it’s used to describe a cord of wood in the English language? I think not!

  • Kwang Edeker

    If one of ESPN commentator referred a black athlet using ‘n ‘ word,
    Would anyone dismiss it as a simple mistake or oversight?
    Do we need to wonder?

  • Brian

    In this 24 hour news world we “look” for things to talk about. Just like Lin’s emergence onto the scene was something to “talk” about, so was this headline I knew nothing about until all the discussion about it became a “headline” in itself. No big deal, it will blow over. Just not worth much discussion. And what good does taking down a headline do, when every COMMENT under the sun mentions it???????????

    Sure that phrase in reference to a white player would simply be talking about his play, but in this case it’s two fold. Whatever…..He’s gonna have rough games and if you wanna call it a **** then go right ahead. I mean, sure it could be said differently and better, but it’s still gets to the point….he had a rough game. Teams will figure out how to play him and he’ll reinforce his armor or he’ll simply fade away……

  • Kat McBride

    This situation is unacceptable. I am of Asian decent and work in the media. There is no way that a headline is posted without a high-ranking editor seeing it. Either they pretended to not understand the impact of the word, or they thought it would be funny. Quiet frankly, the “C” word is as offensive to the Asian community as the “N” word is to African Americans. No one would ever use that word in a headline and try to apologize after the fact. ESPN should be ashamed.

  • Dan Woo

    First I am an Asian American and half Chinese. I was born and raised in the U.S. I grew up hearing ‘chink’ many a time and developed a thick skin ever since being a kid. I’ve almost forgotten the term since I haven’t heard it in years. Pun or not, this is outrageous that this can slip by. I applaud quick action by ESPN. But also think such lack of oversight and sensitivy should result in changes made. Would love to know how you will be addressing this. I am a long time ESPN fan, and I feel confident ESPN will do the right thing.

  • Howard Heezy

    This was a huge blunder by ESPN, no doubt. Simply put, to prevent this from ever happening again, ESPN needs to improve the professionalism of its mid-level and low level writers and editors.

    ESPN started out as a cable station first–they are still relatively new to the world of print media (compared to AP, Reuters, Sporting News, etc.) Even before this incident occurred, it was obvious to me that has some of the worst quality game recaps I’ve ever read from a national media outfit. I’ve been longing for the corporate bigwigs to do something to improve the quality of their print journalism on I appreciate that they’ve parroted the top sportswriters away from the newspapers, such as Kornheiser and Wilbon. On the other hand, ESPN doesn’t seem like they’ve invested as much in improving the ranks of their lower-level writing staff, such as, you know, HEADLINE EDITORS.

    So yeah, I’m offended, but I’m gonna give ESPN a break on this mistake. Just PLEASE invest more money in getting some veteran sports editors from respectable New York/New England newspapers to work for you!

  • Kylie

    re: David Scott. oh sure – like ESPN is really the poster child for “respectful, mature dialogue” right now? not.

    also agree that people saying this headline was some kind of “accident” are insane. even IF it was an accident to begin with, SOMEONE working at ESPN could’ve caught it and said, “Hey, you know, that really could be taken the wrong way.”
    my high school newspaper has better editors. come on.

    and yes, this is the second time ESPN has made this mistake – NOT the first. so, obviously, no action was taken the first time.

  • Ashley

    ESPN, I don’t think that apologizing for “making a mistake” is the appropriate public response to these incidents (No comment here on your internal procedures). You’re negating the fact that the comments both verbal and written are of a racist nature, not just “offensive” or “inappropriate.” While individuals can choose whether or not to be racist, this is NOT an option for an company or organization operating in this modern world. These incidents are a reflection of your entire company, not just the few employees who “made mistakes”. You should be apologizing for making a racist comment to a national, as well as, global audience, not for simply letting racists comments slide through the cracks. Stand behind your employees, respond appropriately on their behalf rather than shift the blame; and then teach and inform.

    To those bewildered as to why people would be offended: People have feelings. Though we all react to one singular event, it is highly probably that everyone will not an identical response. I find it ridiculous that some of your comments appear to want to place bounds or restrictions on the reactions or opinions of others.

  • Burn

    This is not an issue of people being hyper-sensitive or “thin-skinned”. The fact is that, although yes, “chink in the armor” is a relatively common phrase, it’s the context in which it was used that is unequivocally offensive. It’s not a matter of Asians calling it out in the name of political correctness. Quite obviously, the phrase was used BECAUSE Lin is Asian; ie, because of his race. And I’m the first to admit that his race is a large component of this hype, but that certainly doesn’t give license to use a racial pejorative.

    I’m not one to denounce everything as racism, but frankly, non-minorities simply do not, and can not, know what it’s like to walk in our shoes. And that’s not anyone’s fault, it’s just the way it is. But for anyone to dismiss the issue and say that it’s people being too sensitive, I don’t see how you can say that without truly having been on the other side. You simply can’t.

    I wish I could sit here and say that our society has evolved to the point where race is not an issue; that it only becomes one because those towards the extremes of the spectrum make it one. But it’s hard to think that when you say how many vile, hateful people are out there when protected through anonymity. Perhaps it’s not often an issue with mainstream outlets (and thus the uproar with ESPN), but outside of these avenues, I often see examples of unabashed racism.

  • Suzanne Thomas

    Wow…. I’m floored that something like this passed through the filters of the writer, the editor and whoever would have had to approve this. At some point in the process, someone’s alarms should have gone off. Hello? Would you use “blackout” to describe a performance by an African American in a typically non-black sport like hockey or lacrosse? Would you say someone got “scalped” if the lead player was Native American??? Puns on someone’s name is one thing, but this “chink in the armor” comment smacked of insensitivity and sheer ignorance. The apology is fine and dandy but would have been unnecessary had the correct processes and the sensitivity been in place.

  • Scott

    It’s sad to watch the peanut gallery pile onto something like this. Sure, it was an oversight and some might be offended. That said, the real problem is when people are looking for the slightest thread of something inflammatory and then proceed to exacerbate it.

    Additionally, anyone who “knows” that this was deliberate is not remotely objective and the basic psychology involved betrays their own personal issues. Just because you have your own paradigm/predilection/hypersensitivity doesn’t mean everyone who makes faux pas actually derived it in a premeditated fashion and/or with intent. Inference does not always equal implication.

  • Burn

    Oh, and for those that say the solution is simply for minorities to “not identify” with a slur, and then it won’t be an issue? Do you honestly think that’s the cause of the problem? Bottom line is, whatever the particular word may be, a group of people are being derided because of their ethnicity.

    Not cool, regardless of what manner it’s conducted by.

  • WC

    i’m asian-american. i’m also an avid sports fan, and espn has long been one of my favorite sites. but now i don’t know. i’m glad espn has apologized and taken the offensive headline down, but i don’t know if that is enough. if jeremy lin’s story was about a black or hispanic kid, and there was a figure of speech that fit a given situation but included a derogatory and racist word as applied to those groups, espn would not have even considered using the phrase as a headline. in this case, they didn’t even blink. it may not have been used in a mean-spirited way, but it obviously demonstrates how asians are taken less seriously in this country in comparison. i hope that the faces of espn such as bill simmons and others recognize that by doing nothing (i.e. silent on twitter, etc.) but hoping a simple apology will sweep this under the rug, they are supporting the notion that there was no real harm done, which i wholeheartedly disagree with. i also hope jeremy lin can see this as an opportunity to help his fellow asian-americans gain more credibility in this country rather than simply wish it never happened. i love sports too much to avoid watching espn in the future, but i do hope they offer up more than a short apology so that i can get rid of this bitter taste in my mouth. as of now, i feel that espn hardly feels any remorse on the matter.

  • Mike Jackson

    Courtesy of
    chink [chingk]
    1. a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall.
    2. a narrow opening: a chink between two buildings.

    verb (used with object)
    to fill up chinks in.

    1350–1400; Middle English; perhaps chine1 + -k suffix ( see -ock)

    So really…what are we talking about again?

  • GF

    I’m going to give ESPN the benefit of the doubt. Whoever approved that headline either a) thought it’d be good pun, or b) is genuinely ignorant of the multiple meanings behind the word or c) is a nasty vindictive troll. Of course, those are NOT the only choices, but then I doubt we’ll hear the whole story from ESPN. For the record, I’m Chinese, and I’m not offended whatsoever; what I am offended by is for some people out there to BE so easily offended. Lighten up – wearing these emotions on your sleeves says more about you than whoever typed up the headline.

  • Anon

    Of course people are offended by the comment. If it was towards your culture you would be too! Everyone is entitled to feel the way they do, who are we to say they cannot be offended because other people think it was a harmless comment.

  • Steve

    Seriously, out of all the terms you can use?? These people probably want to see if they can get away with it..

  • JTsou

    Lin’s story inspired not only Asian communities but also all other people being ignored. It’s a great opportunity for media to encourage people in positive way instead of discouraging people’s pursuing dream. This statement is again one kind of bullies. Moving out the statement is absolutely not enough.

  • KL

    Thank you for removing that disgustingly racist headline. I am curious, however, as to how something like that could have been approved for publication. It’s unacceptable.

  • AV

    All the people here who are saying just ‘get over it’ and ‘it’s just a word’ pretty much show how ignorant people are. I agree there are times when you can claim people are being oversensitive, but this is not one of them. For those who don’t know, a ‘chink’ is one of the most offensive things you can call a person of Asian decent (and yes, I am Asian American). If you want people to brush it off like its nothing because you don’t understand the full context of the word, then that by definition is ignorance.

    I agree, Chink in the Armor is indeed a common phrase, but using the word as a headline on Jeremy Lin is just plain stupid, and it insults the intelligence of everyone if they think people are too dumb to put the two and two together.

  • jeremy guy

    Really everyone let’s clarify the saying is kink in the armor. There us no excuse for what was posted and a termination is all that will suffice.

  • twfansinnoarmor

    People around the world saw that headline, Asians around the world saw that headline, fans and family of Jeremy Lin in Taiwan saw that headline. Not just a pun used in English, not just a fixed expression frequently used in sport news in America, not just a sport channel in America, not just the same old racial problem happening everyday in America which people must endure and ignore. Not anymore. Whatever said by ESPN, whatever discussed here in the comment threads, might not be persuasive to people from around the world. Not persuasive enough, not persuasive at all. Yes indeed, welcome to the world.

  • JB

    Absurd! Unless you can prove that he meant it as a slur, it all amounts to idiots taking a statement out of context and making hay with it. Oops! Was that a slam against animals that eat hay?

  • knihc

    I guess it would be inappropriate to curse here but if you don’t see why it is wrong to use any derogatory terms in reference to anybody you have a lot of life to experience.

  • Erving Rebenowitze

    I was always taught that a chink in the armor meant a weakness in something! I would say that anybody who takes this statement to mean anything else has a chink in his armor.

  • Erving Rebenowitze

    I was always taught that a chink in the armor meant a weakness in something! I would say that anybody who takes this statement to mean anything else has a chink in his armor.
    Besides, isn’t he an American and isn’t the media making it into something else. So the people who are making a big deal of this are actually racist! Leave the poor American basketball player alone!!!

  • FM

    I think what people don’t understand is that the word chi*k is equivalent to using the “n” word to refer to a black person. Now if espn had used the “n” word, heads would roll.

  • David

    Although, we do go overboard on political correctness at times, this is a pretty egregious mistake. People have come up with 1000s of “creative” Lin puns over the past 2 weeks and ESPN couldn’t up with something like….”End of the Lin-e”, “Ill-Lin”, “Can’t Lin em all”, etc…

    The argument that “I’ve heard this phrase used in all sorts of other contexts, so why is a big deal here” is a fairly sad reflection of the stupidity of my “fellow Americans”. Call me an elitist snob, but that reasons fails the smell-test so badly it isn’t funny.

  • john man

    Someone needs to get disciplined or fired…not acceptable in American media today. ESPN must take more action than an apology! Walt Frasier…you should be fired!! Go back to school and get yourself some education. Your a grown man, conduct yourself like one!

  • Mike

    Suppose it’s the 1950’s and there are only a small handful of African-American basketball players in the pro league. A newspaper runs a picture of a popular black player with the caption “Niggard Defense!” below it, with the pun intended. (Niggard meaning “stingy”.) That’s what this is like.

  • Max

    I really want to believe ESPN on this. I really want to believe this is an honest mistake and that a billion-dollar industry leader would not be so tone-deaf to such sensitive issues.

    Could Front Row then please explain why this exact headline appeared four years ago in a similar context during the Beijing Olympics?

    I like ESPN. I enjoy watching it on a number of platforms. I think we all just deserve a straight answer on this.

  • steven

    if they use N***** in armor for kobe, there will be hell to pay, it is because he is asian, and most asian don’t make a big deal about things like this, thats why we get push around all the time, time to raise up and fight!

  • Nick

    Everyone needs to remember that this is not the first time a widely unknown player has surged into the nba (or any other professional league) with great success. Lin has become a global icon BECAUSE he represents a minority race in the NBA. While I’m sure if this situation involed a white or black player, no (intentional or unintentional) pun would have been used to describe the loss, however, the lack of asians in the NBA is what is blowing this entire Jeremy Lin success story out of proportion (regardless of the ESPN headline). ESPN has been one of this biggest contributing factors into why Jeremly Lin is now one of the most popular athletes on the planet and to look so deeply into this as racism is ridiculous. Lin’s entire success story is highly inspirational, but again, it needs to be remembered that Lin is this larger than life figure because of ESPN and other media outlets.

  • Anthony Isaac Wells

    Once again America has come to a point of having to live out it’s greed. This time it’s not black America in the civil rights era. It’s happening in a different arena M.S.G and the New York Knicks. It hard for me to understand why Jeremy Lin was cut from the other N.B.A teams.If a organization was looking upon Jeremy Lin as just a tallent and not a race he would have made the first team that he had tryouts with, I think that they didnt know how to handle the situation here’s a very tallented young man regardless of race. These organization saw his tallent but refuse to make him a part of there organization.But you see when God has his plan’s no man can stop them.Don’t think that it to be a coincident that the Knicks had a rash of injuries. The knicks hand was played by God no one has ever step into the lime lite in such a fashion. The coaching staff had no choice but to play Lin you see they need serious help from a Christian brother. You see God is no respector of man or organizations. If it’s God will it’s going to happen . So let’s just enjoy the show.This young man is here to challenge not only our American greed but our morally backrupt society.

  • M_J

    Whoever did this, get the person fired. Obviously, this person was uneducated, tasteless, and of bad character. Unless ESPN is not to be taken seriously, but that’s always a possibility the quality of its news had gone down dramatically in the last year or two.

  • West coast

    What will happen to the editer/ knowing ESPN , ( probly got a promotion),, we as the people need a new sports center not just for the east coast ( bias ) in basketball, football , baseball, etc… )

  • Mina

    ESPN should be sued for discrimination. It’s all over the news they can not deny that this was not ever shown. Pay up ESPN. We don’t get over it.

  • kchu

    Does it really matter if Jeremy is an Asian-American or not? Really, as someone with the same racial heritage as Mr. Lin, I could care less. His story is remarkable because he was an undrafted player, who was let go by two other teams, bounced around the D-League, stuck to his guns, and rescued a failing Knicks. Being politically correct is nice and all, but really, it only becomes an issue when people make it an issue. Regardless of what people call him, he’s still the hottest thing in sports right now, and that speaks louder than a lousy headline.

  • J_M

    The person that put this up should be fired. There is no excuse for this, it is illegal, and it only shows ESPN’s employees are mostly uneducated, tasteless, and of bad characters. Perhaps it is not a surprised given how its performed in the last couple of years?

  • Verbalj

    I can understand Asians who are telling other Asians to calm down about this (as I myself am an Asian-American), but if you’re white telling Asians to calm down about this, you have no idea what you’re talking about and are just demonstrating how ignorant you are. You have no idea how offensive the term can be because obviously, you are not personally offended by it. If anyone is thinking that this was anything but an intentional use of the word “chink,” then he is truly a fool and your comments are just a demonstration of how Asian discrimination is truly misunderstood in this country.

  • johnny

    The funny thing is niggardly is an actual word in the English language. Negro is a Spanish borrowed word for the color black. But I could never ever use those words in reference to anything at all period. Sooooo you certainly cannot use chink in reference to something related to an Asian person.

    I’m 100% positive if an anchor or writer used Negro or niggardly in a pun, even if its use was not related to a black person. There would be an uproar. Now imagine if it was referenced to something about a black person. The offending person would very likely be put on a burn notice. And don’t give me the “too pc” excuse. Those n words up there used to be normal everyday vernacular. You know it’s just wrong or at least ill advised if you don’t want to cause commotion like this.

    Except here ESPN is just trying to cover it up. No one is being disciplined. Its all very hush hush. Again, if the situation was changed & black people were offended, it would be huge news and ESPN would at least pretend to be angrier and out that person followed by disciplinary action.

    They knew it was wrong. If they were want to claim that much ignorance I call major BS. They ran the same thing for the Beijing olynpics. Too long ago? Their on air person was just recently called out for it. Maybe my thoughts are too metro and my heart is too niggardly.

  • nm

    espn. please do not tell me that, with all the money and staff you have in your huge conglomerate corporation, you do not have at least 1 person who could have looked at that headline and thought to themselves “hey, maybe that’s not such a good idea”. don’t pretend that people have not been making references to Lin’s ethnicity this whole time, and that this just came up out of the blue and was taken out of context. that’s just bs. i refuse to believe that the people who work in a company like espn, that everyone reads/watches/etc. could think to themselves that it was an okay idea to pass that off to begin with. give me a break.

  • Richs

    Max Bretos needs to publicly apologize. Anybody saying, “It’s not a big deal” “people are so PC” is ridiculous and needs to get a reality check. If you can’t understand why people would be offended by this then you are the problem and the reason why racism is still in our society. I’m sure he didn’t say it with malice but who in this day and age still says that? Wouldn’t it be easier to just say the word “flaw”.

  • john man

    so now ESPN is filtering messages on this board but they can’t filter inappropriate comments from ESPN commentators. How obvious, “do as I say not as I do”. ESPN…be on NOTICE!

  • Chris

    I am absolutely a fan of observational humor, as that in the South Park cartoon show. What is different from the occasional racially derived material on South Park and what ESPN has done is that the racism is unilateral. Simply put, a phrase with racial undertones would not be used (especially twice) in regards to a person of African descent. To be so casually racist shows that the company doesn’t expect an associated backlash, and subsequently they are happy to be racists. This is what generates my outrage, and what makes this so much more offensive than Tuong Lu Kim, the character used to satire Asians in America on South Park.

    This is not an acceptable apology. There is absolutely no way the incidents were unintentional mistakes. While we have all heard the idiom before, “chink in the armor” is far from being a part of our daily vernacular. Using it once is unacceptable; repeating the mistake in print shows an absolute disrespect on the part of the Walt Disney Company and ESPN management for the Asian community. At a bare minimum, suspensions and formal apologies acknowledging the intentional racism latent in both incidents should be expected. Termination would be fair, but based on ESPN having already brushed off these incidents, we know this is asking too much.

    Please encourage your friends and family to write to ESPN and comment on this message board. Demand response; to act otherwise is implying you are content to let ESPN comport themselves in this manner.

  • Married to TALL Asian

    I am married to an Asian man who is 6 ft 8, often asked if he played the basket( had to explain basketball) which he now enjoys. I however find the comment NOT a whoops! Would it be a whoops if it stated (N****r in the armour?) Oh Im sure the whiplash to get it off the printer would occur. The comment not only took something great this player had accomplished away, but will forever tarnish the memory. How dare you allow it! How many Whoops happen? Whose arse was called on the carpet for this….if this person is not fired then I highly suggest you give him a copy editor which understands how he truly might “Accidently” offend again. Do I believe ESPN will do anything…from my Southern Alabama Background (White I might add) I laugh and laugh until I pee my pants.
    Love the game, hate for the shame!!!

  • Janet

    Outrageous! Someone better be fired for this. No excuse.

  • Albert

    People are too thin skinned, too PC, too sensitive? Really??
    Years ago, people used the N word with no hesitation. Are we too sensitive about that too? Remember when Jimmy the Greek commented on why blacks are more naturally more gifted than whites? Was that ok?
    Stereotyping any race leads to intolerance. Allowing these kinds of jokes/puns only perpetuates the stereotypes.
    Don’t beleive me? Check out this recent headline.

  • sunshine

    First of all, I feel sorry for those anchor who have made these kind of mistakes for their teeny tiny minds and arrogant self-esteem. Second, from this apology, I don’t feel the sincerity it claims to be. ESPN, you should be shamed by those statements. It is a big deal!

    You check our comments carefully, that’s good. But you should’ve checked those official statements more carefully first!

  • Jack

    Using “Chink in the armor” as a headline to describe an Asian American is plain stupid. Fired ESPN editor and Jason Whitlock for racist reference. Professionals are suppose to be professional.

  • John

    @ryan you sir are a narrow minded biggot whose views represent the kind of attitudes that lead to this headline being created in the first place. “its just a word” – to you it is. But you do not have the right to determine what is offensive to other people. This is so much MORE than JUST about this headline itself. Its 2012, there should NOT be this sort of crap in this day and age. Everytime this happens, and TRUST ME, it will happen again, people simply “apologise” and from there it gets swept under the carpet.

    Deadline pressures IS NOT A EXCUSE FOR RACIAL SLURS!!!!! So all you people saying that can eff off too.

  • Sacto1654

    I think what happened on the mobile platform may have been inadvertent for one reason: the slur in question is not that commonly seen and the writer of the headline may not have known it was offensive. Indeed, I haven’t seen it used in many years myself….

  • bangobunny

    hi there mr.espn, have you heard of WEIBO? it is a chinese microblogging website which has 300 million users on it actively. i am thinking of putting the image the video clip and this luke warm statement on it. do you think the true asain over there will like what you just said? i hope it will go viral and you will lose all your sponsors and viewers, at least over there. XOXO.

  • Mo

    I think the comment is racist and it shows how much a network like ESPN does not care about how it offends people. They look at athletes to closely and judge everything they do on and off the field, but they need to be held accountable for their actions as well.

  • Jessica Han

    It was intentional and it was not only a mistake. These words not only show discrimination against Chinese, but also discrimination against the Asian community as a whole. And your agrology was not sincere at all. ESPN should take a serious attitude on this issue. If you don’t try to solve this problem seriously and only try to hide or make excuse for this issue, more and more Asian people will against you, not only American Asian, but those Asian fans of American sports team, NBA and American sports stars.

  • nicole

    I’m Caucasian and have many Native American friends as well as Asian. If they wish to call themselves something to a slang term that sounds inappropriate, that is their culture. I thought by now we have moved pass this phrase..esp. a tv announcer. We try to teach our children acceptance and although it may be a mistake, there are going to be some kids asking WHY? Why did he call him that. If this was a school where I live, it would be not tolerated. Just saying. Nicole

  • Stan

    Interesting..because last week I heard on ESPN radio an announcer use that very same saying…and posted my protest on Bay Area Sports Guy blog,under his posting on Jason Whitlocks bigoted “joke”. So,to hear that ESPN then pushed it once more is despicable.

  • Haley Thornton

    I work in Diamond Bar, CA with many of my Asian American friends and we are “not wound up tightly” – this is a serious offense and shows how racist American still is. If a racial comment was made against blacks, you know how many heads would roll? Haven’t commentators been FIRED after making “racially insensitive” comments? Someone should be immediately fired at ESPN for this statement against Lin and all Asian-Americans. “Determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again” does not mean a thing until someone gets fired to show you actually mean it.

  • William Brown

    To play this off that a writer and or an editor may not have understood what the reference meant, or somehow didn’t make the connection is wrong. These are people are paid for their knowledge and command of the English language. It is hurtful. I am sure that there has been a large surge in readership, web site visits, and viewership from Asians all over the world from which ESPN is benefiting from. The Jeremy Lin story is the once in a decade, if not even more infrequent anomaly that gets people excited and engaged in the sport as well as ESPN. ESPN should take immediate action to send the message that they deem this type of behavior unacceptable. End of story. And for anyone who still wants to throw out there that perhaps the folks involved did not “make the connection” and we should somehow let this pass; Wrong. If I have an employee that is incompetent, I fire that employee. Broadcasters, editors, personalities, and any other person that works in the media business should understand that a very big part of their job is to deliver their story without alienating their viewership. This is not a situation of folks being “to PC” these days. This is a very derogatory phrase. This is not like using “black” instead of African American, its pretty much the same as using another term that I believe most agree has no place in any conversation, let alone America’s leading sports news outlet.

  • Logan

    I can’t see how this was a mistake considering a headline takes time to be created and published.

    This is unacceptable and there definitely needs to be more action taken than just an apology since this is not the first time ESPN has used this derogatory term involving Asian athletes. An apology that was weak since it softly implied the headline was only up for 30 minutes, somehow making it OK? It shouldn’t have been there in the first place! This is not being blown out of proportion given the context in how it was being used. This also highlights the inequality in how we treat racism in the media. I highly doubt an apology is all we would have received if the headline involved a racial slur about blacks or whites.

    This is a race issue and we can’t accept this type of sentiment or behavior as a society. The folks defending this comment clearly don’t understand the greater impact it causes. Is racial profiling OK as well? How about rounding up Japanese Americans into internment camps during WWII? Those are acts resulting in racist viewpoints. If we react softly to these ideas, then we show a certain amount of acceptance and it only makes things worse. Saying people are being too sensitive is just lazy and leaves room for future mistakes.

    Asian athletes in mainstream are few and far between and it is obviously is one of the unique aspects of the Jeremy Lin story that makes it so special. It’s a classic underdog story that threatens to destroy stereotypes of Asians and how a professional sport evaluates talent. This story will hopefully breakthrough barriers and remind us all that everyone should be given an opportunity whether it be in sports, performing arts, or at work.

    As other have commented, I will closely watch how ESPN handles this situation before I unbiasedly decide whether or not I continue to support your media outlet.

  • Steve

    Class action should be seriously considered…

  • April

    As an Asian-American, I find this completely racist! This offended me! THIS IS A BIG DEAL ESPECIALLY IF IT’S USED AS A HEADLINE FOR JEREMY LIN!!!!!

  • Charlie

    Tell us the anchor’s name. So pissed at espn right now. This was not done as an accident and therefore your apology is not accepted. Further action needs to taken. For one, fire the anchor and the racist moron that wrote the article on the website. Next apologize to Jeremy Lin. Then I’ll consider watching your channel again. But
    Until you actually do something to correct the wrongs done here I am boycotting ESPN. I encourage everyone that has been offended by ESPN to boycott the channel. The only way we
    Can fight back against this ignorance is to stop watching espn and hurt their ratings.
    The media needs to know that making racist statements will simply not
    Be tolerated ever.

  • Amy

    How could ESPN pass such a humiliating statement on Jeremy Lin?
    I don’t believe ESPN people are not educated to know how horrible the word is.
    stop just saying I am sorry.
    This is racial discrimination!!!!
    people who are responsible for this statement would be fired!!

  • Kelly

    ESPN, own up the mistake. Figure out who wrote the phrase. Fire the guy and move on. Apology has to be sincere and actionable. Can you imagine if this kind of slur were to be used to describe a woman, gay or Jew? See how you react now?

  • John Beach

    Let me tell you something. I posted twice on this forum & ESPN moderators didnt post either one. Neither post was racist, vulgar or anything like that but straight up honest comments just like anybody else, and they dismissed them both. That is completely STUPID!!

  • stephen

    Does it surprise anyone this kind of subtle racist remarks surfaced every now and then in the media ? This is America , its history tells it all.

  • Julian

    This is INEXCUSABLE for such a large network! Someone should be fired for this!
    Yeah, people could say words are just words, but these words help perpetuate racism. We as Americans can NOT and SHOULD NOT tolerate this. By brush it under the rug, we are saying this is ok. This is the 2nd time by this network and 3rd time by the media members regarding Lin. It is not a joke and should not be treated as such. We should not “relax” or “take a joke” on racism as someone else has suggested. Racism will only stop when people realize that it has NO PLACE in US, especially in media where it is far reaching.

  • Xie

    Being very shocked and disgusted, I still cannot believe this kind of racial slur came from a mainstream sports media like ESPN. This is a shame.

  • Neil Zhang

    This just shows how little ESPN cares about asian people, even it makes big money out of us. You are not doing home business, how come when you publish a headline and you don’t care (or rather want to insult) your customers.

    Fire the guy!!!

  • Kevin G

    Imagine if they used the phrase “calling a spade a spade” while commenting on an African American player? How fast would Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson be in front of a camera calling for someone to be fired? People have a right to be upset, simply because of the amount of fake outrage thrown around when comments are directed at certain groups of people, but not others. If it’s wrong for some, it’s wrong for all. If we allow non-PC jokes for some, they should be allowed for all.

  • Adrian

    despicable, I expect an explanation of how this “headline” got approved.

  • Kin Chan, MD

    I have to believe the choice of word was deliberate and meant to be cute but with little regard of cultural sensitivity in the minds of the entire editorial staff and upper management.

  • jval

    Come on!..Let’s be real. First of all, how often does one see the “chink in the armor” phrase be used in the media to refer on regular basis to someone’s weaknesses?…very seldom! Up to the day of the ESPN posting and subsequent controversy, I bet many people had to look up the phrase on a dictionary or the internet. So, was this a no-pun-intended kind of situation?…personally, I don’t believe so. Whether it was intended or the author just happened to realize it after the fact, the end result was that the article was posted as is. The way I see it…as a PROFESSIONAL, it is the responsibility of the writer to KNOW and MEAN what he/she says in words, and be aware of the consequences of the same. So, on one hand, giving the author the benefit of the doubt and accept it as “no pun intended”…shame on him/her. He/she should know better! On the other hand, being fully aware of what he/she was writing and intending it to come out that way, even if it was for humorous reasons (which I would still find unacceptable giving the subject matter of the controversy)…shame on him/her again! If, at the minimum, this writer thinks that what he/she wrote was just a “pun”, and he/she was just “being funny”…well, at the minimum, he/she should be suspended (if I may add, without pay)!!! An earlier comment in this blog expressed…”I’ve heard “chink in the armor” used to talk about Alabama football Kansas basketball and a million other teams and sports. Get over it its just a saying people are blowing out of proportion.” Be as this may be, the fact is that in this case IT WAS A “PUN” (humorous or not, intentionally or not!) due to the nature of who is involved; namely, an ASIAN-AMERICAN individual. Consequently, IT WAS WRONG!, especially coming from a professional of a reputable firm (ESPN), POINT BLANK!!!

  • joe texx

    How the hell do some of you say the writer may have NOT known it was a derogatory term???? If that’s the case, as a writer, he isn’t very smart. On top of that, those of you who made that comment aren’t smart either. I’m also willing to bet you’re NOT Asian. If you heard a derogatory comment towards whatever race you are, I’m sure it would be a different story.

  • John

    let’s all get a perspective here. The slight was an obvious slip. Do you really believe that the terminology was specifically selected to cause harm?? poor choice of words, within the implied context, yes. An underhanded slam against the young man…really? We all live in a hypersensitive world — one where people are particularly quick to point out the wrong-doings of others, but at the same time are quick to discount their own errors. We all should embrace the associated fun that has come from Mr. Lin and his successes. Remember the day when we would look at his accomplishments in a positive light and not worry about the heritage, skin color or any other possible afffiliation as a venue for casting doubt? Embrace the fortunes for what they are and enjou the ride.
    At this day and age, we all could “need another hero”…as a passive NBA fan and general fan of sports and all that it entails I say, congrats and bring me the next 20 success stories…..the bright light that he/she brings casts away shadows of a normally mundane and dreary existence. Go Go Go.

  • james wong

    I think Lin just wants to be an American and a basketball player. He has done a great job breaking stereotypes, and let’s give him a chance to be just himself. For people who think racist slurs don’t matter, they should read some history. This could be just an accident, and let’s hope that’s really the case. On the other hand, we will be watching closely how ESPN handles this as it unfolds, and let’s hope that such unfortunate event won’t repeat itself. For Jeremy, keep up the great work, brother. You are my hero!

  • Horrible

    I like how they made you, Kevin Ota, one of the few Asian-American directors at espn, write this apology. How does it feel being used as a pawn for your company’s damage control. Show some self-respect and refuse to be the face defending this issue.

    There are many ways to say an athlete has a flaw: “Hole in his game”, “Achilles Heel” or what about “L-imperfect” the kind of corny headline you would usually use? And how about having a spell check to detect the use of words like “chink”? Or did your company not think of something like that in your years of existence? Despite what you say, this is not a coincidence. If you claim it is, please show us examples of this of headline being used before to refer to other athletes? The writer who wrote this should be fired along with the reviewing editor. There is plenty of competent writing talent out there who can think up witty headlines without being racist.

  • JBIsmay

    I’ve used the term ‘chink in his armor’ to describe an annoying boss (white) who gradually encountered his downfall when a fellow worker (black) shattered his ego.

    If I relayed this event to an ‘Asian American’, would that be offensive?

  • Tyler

    Why is so hard to find this apology? Why is this not on the front page of ESPN? Why has this not scrolled across the ticker all day? Not a mention on SportsCenter? An apology from an anchor that is not featured on most of your programming? Why not the man who said the offending statement? Trying to say ESPN Mobile is separate from the ESPN Corp. is ridiculous. You are trying to bury this story as fast as possible. It is truly sad.

  • Mortimer

    I’m white, but my wife is Japanese, so I accept your apology. Don’t let it happen again?

  • Tony

    What if he said “Black Hole” or “Wonder Bread” or “Grease Ball”….you tell me if that’s okay ?….just because it may not be considered a racial slur in some states, does not mean that it’s not. People go through life being ridiculed with derogatory type slang with its intent to cause harm. If no one has ever been on the end of a racial disciminatory comment, you don’t know that it would feel like. For the people who feel that it’s no big deal….then let’s look at you and see what buttons I can push….don’t like it huh? Comments can be made about your physical appearance, or your lack of brains…you pick your fault and let’s find a word that will ridicule your “so called” deficiency. Not fun is it, so before you go and deminish the seriousness of the racial slur…have a good look at yourself…if you can ?

  • TW

    Utterly disgusting. Derogatory language, jokingly or otherwise, should have no place in our society. Not all Asians may spend the time and express their disgust here or elsewhere, but I can assure you the ESPN brand has been tarnished in the minds of millions of Asians worldwide. I sincerely hope that ESPN show some class here by at least letting go of the involved commentators to set the tone for your global viewers.

  • cheng

    It’s pretty frustrating to hear racist comments on minorities from media like ESPN time and time again!!!

  • Viet Pham

    First I’m an Asian American and in my opinion, whether or not whoever the ESPN writer used this phrase “Chink in the armor” knew it’s offensive should be FIRED for his STUPIDITY. Maybe you should do some research before putting on the air. Why do you think ESPN came out and issued an “apology”.??

  • SC

    I’m Asian American and I’m usually very mild mannered about things like this and will let it slide. But I even find this appalling that a big station like ESPN can release something like this. We are not over-reacting. We just don’t want something like this to happen and not be able to stand up for ourselves and let people think that we can get pushed around if we don’t say anything. The so-called apology was not sincere at all and we want to make sure that this does not ever happen again in the future! Someone thinking they can use “chink” in the headlines and not think there’s anything wrong with it really has needs to be re-evaluated.

  • kravitz

    A Disney employee wrote the headline, and a Disney employee said it on air. At least two firings are in order.

    (Think Jimmy The Greek and ‘thighs’.)

  • taheati

    ‘Still waiting for Lin’s apology to all Chinese who might be offended, demeaned or put off by Lin’s Xanga blog & bloghandle: “chinkballa88″ (story @ Deadspin -> ).

    Which doesn’t excuse ESPN. But it *does* dilute my outrage when the alleged victim uses the same epithet to describe his then-15yr-old-gangsta-wannabee self.

  • Sam

    Quit telling us to relax and say that it’s not a big deal–promoting racial tolerance? IT IS A BIG DEAL.

  • Craig

    Unless you have been in the position as Lin and many other Asian’s. I think you would find it hard to understand how it might feel for those of Asian decent. I am an Asian American and found the comments concerning, yes media needs to take care in what they way and so do people. If ESPN intent to be a pun or not you need to think be aware of things you say to others. I think unless you have been called a racial slur, you have no idea how you would feel. I think those who think it is not a big deal are very ignorant. I hope this can be a learning lesson for all and we all can better choice of words.

  • Louis

    I think this is a stupid mistake, but using “C***k” associated with a Asian just like using “n****” associated with black people. is a family site, imaging a kid learn this word from this headline.

  • John Cha

    We shall overcome someday.
    We shall overcome someday.
    But not today.
    Not as long as the likes of ESPN are around.

  • Roy

    To all those who say it’s just a word, get over it, blah blah, have you considered what the reaction would have been if ESPN had decided to use this word on another player?

    “[Black Player’s] Niggardly playing style costs [team] game”

    nig·gard·ly   [nig-erd-lee] (adjective)
    1. reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
    2. meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.

    Shame on you ESPN.

  • Ben

    Yes it was racist and intended. Anyone who’s giving them the benefit of the doubt probably is racist too. The people who made this comment are well educated and knew exactly what they were doing. Then everyone wants to know why people are still leary of white people. Its because they keep doing stupid racist things and making stupid racist comments and that keeps the entire country from making huge advancements. Its because the white people (not all white people) refuse to advance into the 21st century and want to hold on to 20th century stereotypes and racist comments. ESPN should have blasted this person publicly immediately. But once again all the white people wanna say, “well I don’t see whats wrong with it, they were just using a phrase thats been used for years.” Sickening and only hurting yourself and your own race. I’m not racist at all but I tell it like it is. IT WAS RACIST PEOPLE!!!

  • David

    Dear ESPN,

    To me, ESPN is the most respected sport news agency, I have always had a good feeling to your prestige in sports news coverage. I always feel that to promote fair, and unbiased sportsmanship is your goal in your work of sport news coverage, and the discipline all your employees should follow.

    I am very disappointed, upset, shock, and angry about what you had done toward a simply loss of the Knicks basketball game. I would think no matter how great a player can be, he would make mistakes and loss some games. What do you expect a fresh 23 year old Jeremy Lin to behave with his only 7 games as a starter so that your guys would not be laughing at him? It is simply foolish to broadcast a normal news like that. What is more, you are not only laughing at Jeremy, instead, you are making fun of all Asian Americans as a whole. It is simply a racial discrimination! If your writer is black, he should think about the fate of his ancestor as slaves; if your writer is white, he should remember the terrible experience his ancestor faced while they were in Europe suffering from religion discrimination and others; the same can also be said for people of all races. It is simply stupid to play race related issue as a game! This is not a county which is controlled by evil forces such as Fascism. This is a democratic, and peace loving country of people from all over the world!
    I see that you have removed the headline quickly, and you might consider to take further action to handle this case. This is a step to the right direction, but I would like to see what and how much you will do to truly reflect your attitude on this case! I would like to see what and how you will do to make sure the “evil” force in your organization would not be in control of your sport news coverage in the future.

  • mel

    you guys are all saying, oh its no big deal…just a mistake.
    lets think about it this way: what if most nba players were asian and very few were black? what if the headline mentioned the “n” word? people would be way more upset. people think asians are the most racist people ever, and being a TCK (having lived in both asia and america for long periods of time), i can see why asians are so racist towards americans. YES, americans. not europeans or anything. AMERICANS. at least where i lived, the asians would always talk about how they have been treated and how scary america is. they always had bad experiences. racism needs to go away!

  • Ian G. Babcock

    Am I the only one that thinks this REALLY wasn’t that bad? The same people wagging their fingers at this incident also DEFEND Jason’s Whitlock small asian “member” joke (within articles about this incident, mind you) because they think it’s funny. At least ESPN’s fumble can be passed as an accident. From reading the comments here, people don’t even understand what chink means in the dictionary. I personally hope the person who did this gets away with it if it’s an accident. And if it’s not, he’s not going to tell anybody anyways.

  • jdb

    Had any other racial slur been used and applied to any other player of a different race, there would be much more outrage, and ESPN would be doing more than “conducting a complete review of cross platform editorial policies.” ESPN should be deeply embarrassed, offended and outraged at the actions of its employees. That ESPN expresses only regret, speaks to the true sentiment of the people running your network.

  • Kirsh Konnell

    Ok the Headline was a pun but the fact that the TV guy got in trouble is ridiculous. The on-air commentator had no time to think it through and its a popular term. He clearly says it not like a pun. Link here:

  • Stranger

    It’s pretty sad that this is happening on ESPN. A bit disappointed eh?

  • C&S

    Both my Asian wife and I think this is stupid and not news worthy. Liberal America has turned the country into slaves of the PC police.

  • Ronald Thomas

    As far back as any of us alive today can remember, it’s been said that ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me’. Most of us have learned since then that this statement is quite far from being completely true. If a comma was added after the ‘ harm me’, followed by the word ‘physically’, then maybe the statement would’ve had some merit. POINT is, words ‘can’ hurt an individual, or an entire community for that matter. The subject article in question is proof of that.
    Unfortunately, no matter how much we progress, it doesn’t take much for racism to raise its ugly head. In this case, comment #51 says he (or she) has heard it before, and it’s being blown out of proportion. To that I say that I learned in a college class on Technical Writing, where the instructor made the point (& I never forgot it), he said, “If there’s ever a chance that anything written could possibly be understood, then it WILL be (misunderstood). And that is so true. POINT is, this choice of words (chink in the armor) may have very well been interpreted exactly as it was intended (to be offensive).
    Do we even know what ‘chink’ is? ..what it means? &/or why it is considered derogatory when used referring to people of Asian or Far East descent? For those of you who don’t know, chink is used when referring to a small (narrow) passageway, as in walls, small buildings very close to each other. This type of construction was often used in the Orient, Philippines, Korea, China, Japan, and lands of that region. Thus, the terminology was used (by bigots) as a slur when degrading people of this descent. You see, the ‘word’ itself makes no sense when applying it to a person. Racism is not about what you actually ‘say’ (or write), it’s about your INTENTIONS when it is said or written. A ‘chink in the armor’ would mean an opening, or weakness, though slight or small. That’s all it means, & it’s quite appropriate when referring to where Jeremy Lin has to focus on improving. The only problem is, Jeremy Lin is of Asian descent (Taiwanese). Anyone reading that, or wanting to say there are flaws for Lin to work on, would’ve known or seen right away that stating it this way would not be appropriate. These writers and editors are not stupid people. (They are ignorant, at times, but not stupid.) They are not oblivious to word usage, terms, slurs, etc. Whoever came up with it knew EXACTLY what they were doing. And whoever he (or she) presented it to had to be apprised of how it was intended. No ONE person is responsible for such a slur going public. This involves a whole STAFF. Somebody had to ‘ok’ it. Whoever gave such a choice of words his or her blessing to go to public should be fired not soon enough, and those on down below that person should be fired right along with that person.
    If America is ever going to prevail as a nation to be respected, we must let people know that candid racism will never be tolerated. I say candid because you are always going to have your ‘haters’ who would ‘like’ to print, say, and act out such things and toss their views around without repercussion. (Look at the HS basketball game when students donned banana suits and taunted black players from the visiting opposing team, as the Security Guard on duty looked on and laughed.) But I say keep it to yourself. America has done that to themselves. I’ve explained how/why chink was derived by bigots with the intention(s) of degrading/insulting Asians. Again, the ‘word’ itself is innocent, when used how it is defined. But when referring it to an individual, it’s racism. So the term ‘chink in the armor’ is perfectly appropriate if you wanted to describe possible holes, weaknesses in another player’s performance, but not one who is Asian. Why? Because you are the MEDIA. With great power comes great responsibility. Whoever initially suggested this choice of words, and whoever approved it for public reading, were not acting ‘responsible’. They KNEW it was derogatory, and they more than likely expected backlash. But a racist in the corporate world would choose asking for forgiveness rather than permission or approval any day of the week. That’s just the way it is. If no one is fired over this, then we know exactly what kind of organization ESPN is and what we are dealing with.
    On another note about racism, it’s all bull crap. It’s a person’s INTENTIONS that are the insulting part, not the words, themselves. For instance, “spic” isn’t even a word, and the term is used to degrade or insult Puerto Ricans or people of Hispanic/Mexican descent. Where did it come from? Well, back in the day when Puerto Ricans were moving to the USA to the point where Immigration Administration in the US had to expand, when people were being processed, many times it was said to the Administrator (who spoke no Spanish) “No spic English” (or words to that effect). After bigots doing the processing or overseeing it heard this enough times in the USA, and after it was simply heard enough times in general (the word ‘speak’ in the sentence more often than not came out ‘spic’), people of Hispanic descent were referred to by bigots as ‘spics’. So there you have it. The Italians are known for their wine. Aand stale, bad wine is considered to be ‘wop’. Thus you have the association from the bigoted mind. The Irish are ‘micks’ (or a mick) in the mind of the insulting racist bigot, simply because many Irish last names are Mc-something, & with the association of Irish pubs, a ‘micky’ is a drink. I could explain how each insulting racist term came about by the bigot in America, and why/how they refer to the people they target, but I believe I’ve made my point.
    Nobody high up enough cares, is why this ‘chink in the armor’ slur got blessed to print for the public to see. There is an approval process. How did it pass? Anyone in a leadership position overseeing what gets approved would read those words and think of Lin, and say No way, Jose. A leader would say no way, only, of course, if he or she was not a racist and wanted to do the right thing, &/or NOT do the WRONG thing. It’s enough to make Lin and his family pack up and leave the United States, if this thing just stays as is without someone being fired. These people who allowed this took a chance and is calling the United States’ bluff on the nation’s notion that as a whole society it is not racist, and does not condone racism. They are pretty much saying ..What are you going to do about it? -if anything. It (the slur) has been removed, a slip-shod apology was delivered, but the damage has already been done. So the bigot(s) who did this still got what they wanted, as far as they see it. I doubt very much if they expected anyone to get fired over this. If no one gets fired, we, America, Lin, and Lin’s family are all back to Square ONE. Somebody needs to grow a pair of balls, look into this issue of insult, find out who came up with it, who blessed it, who knowingly submitted it, and fire them all. PERIOD.

  • HoopsGalore

    ESPN used the exact same phrase “Chink in the Armor” as an online headline when Team USA was playing in China. They quickly took it down and promised to take action….

  • dds4

    Complete review ESPN? Make sure it doesn’t happen again? You made the same mistake in 2008 with Team USA in Beijing. So apparently you guys haven’t learned a thing.

    “Chink in the armor” in and of itself is not a big deal. But put that phrase in the same conversation in dealing with or describing Asians shows a complete lack of sensitivity or just a sick joke. It’s one or the other. With all the puns going around with Lin, I’m starting to think it’s the latter.

  • Hohum

    So did anyone get fired yet? If I called someone a chink at work, I’d be fired. Is ESPN serious with this apology or are they just waiting out the storm?

    Every single person who green lit this headline should be canned.

  • [email protected]

    We are so disappointed. My classmates decided to delete all the apps of ESPN… ESPN should take some actions instead of just several words.

  • TT

    I am appalled by the lack of maturity on ESPN part. First by the fact that NO ONE in the ESPN family thought that maybe we shouldn’t have aired this. It is better err on the side of caution than to let this [huge & unforgivable] mistake to happen. Secondly, it took 35 minutes for someone to pull this from the site! 35 minutes to figure that this was wrong. Wow with the age of media, the quickness of the internet, and our fast pace society, 35 minutes tells us that ESPN actually thought that this headline was alright.

    You would think that this is 2012 and people would have better judgement, especially when millions of people follow and read ESPN. You wonder why people despise our country, it is all due to the lack of respect, the lack of being conscientious about others, the lack of maturity, and the lack of being held responsible. “I’m Sorry” is not acceptable anymore. For someone to throw racists words around and then turn around to say “I’m sorry” is a slap in the face to any race. People from the writer to the higher-up and ESPN itself must be held accountable for this.

    I agree with what others have said, go ahead and try to say chink to Asians, or the ‘n’ word to African Americans, or ‘m’ word to Hispanics and see what type of reaction you will get. If ESPN thinks that there is no harm no foul in any of these sayings and think that a warning, a slap in the back of the hand or soullessly using the words “I’m sorry” will rectify this will just show their arrogance, immaturity, and lack of professionalism that ESPN really is.

    An online, on air apology and even firings will not lay this to rest. Everyone in the ESPN family should be ashamed.

  • Jax

    I’m disgusted ESPN! How dare you use a phrase that has been used for decades now that people may overreact! How dare you bring the roof down on yourself on purpose after you have been promoting this player over the last week every chance you get! Oh and to the editor and anyone else directly involved: I am just absolutely sickened! You sit there and make your one line jokes about this player and the ever growing fanbase that has been watching ESPN all week based on the fact that you have been promoting him, his recent accomplishments and his heritage like you were a proud parent. I’m sure that you did this on purpose based on the fact that being an editor or writer for a major sports news network has got to be the worst job in the world and you know that being “that guy/girl that said that racist comment” is career suicide. But hey, the economy is booming right? One last thing, oh racist ESPN, don’t let me catch you saying anything about a Crack of the bat. Just too painful for a lot of people, even if it doesn’t have the er on it. Also, you are herby forbidden to ever use the name Whitey Ford; in text and or speech ever again.

  • Wan Paul

    One word that is synonomous with journalism is ‘integrity’ how ‘Chink in the Armour’ even made it to publication is beyond me. Are editors irrelevant now? Or were they too busy snickering and hi fiving the ‘journalist’ over the supposed witticism. As a sports publication you obviously know what Jackie Robinson (and countless other atheletes) had to endure. Or was that struggle old news, just another headline. Jackie Robinson or Jeremy Lin, despite skin colour or ethnicity… A man, no matter what deserves respect.

  • sickofpeople

    All this young man wants to do is play ball and be left along. Why should this be a problem?

  • Bob roberts


    It is so unacceptable that it boggles the mind how some of you are saying “get over it” or “why so PC?” or “no big deal”. It is a very, very big deal. J.Lin is a kid. To hurt someone who hasn’t experienced life is unforgivable. Might as well use the N-word to describe blacks, espn.

    J.Lin could possibly be the greatest story in the history of sports if his career has legs. He brought in potentially hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars from Asia, shattered stereotypes about Asians across many fields, this is the darkest horse story I have ever witnessed (harvard, asian, no scholarship, cut twice, not over 7’0ft, serendipity of him being put into the games in the first place, etc.

    I think if J.Lin has a decent season this year. He could potentially individually be the MVP in terms of $$$ created via Asia/world interest. He legitimately could ask for a $40M a year and he would probably be worth it.

    Whoever doesn’t think this “Chink” story is a big deal lacks the awareness of the past history and potential of his greatness in the future.

  • Paulus

    Racism doesn’t exist if its against Asians I guess. ESPN will fire anyone who hints at racist comments toward blacks, but this OK… What a load of poo.

  • John Cha

    We shall overcome someday.
    We shall overcome someday.
    But not today. Not today.
    Not as long as the likes of ESPN are around.

  • Antony

    I am Asian American, born and raised in the US. In addition, my wife was a broadcast journalist in the SF market and have seen the mistakes that can happen in the newsroom. However, seeing the screenshots of the headline with “chink” right under Jeremy Lin’s picture in large headline font, that unfortunately is inexcusable. Think of the hundreds of other ways to say that Lin and the Knicks finally had a bad game. With Lin being the biggest story of the last two weeks, with mainstream press in non-NY markets around the world, and not just sports press, carrying daily stories, Lin stories merit extra internal attention. Those relevant press stories include ones recounting where people used the exact same racial slur against Jeremy during games earlier in his career. It is the staff and editor’s and management’s job to ensure professional journalism. If any professional in any industry is severely negligent in their job, it’s appropriate to have severe repercussions. The standard here is not simply is the average reader offended, it is a higher standard of journalistic professionalism.

  • Tom

    Someone needs to be fired for this. Total mental lapse.

  • Ray K.

    The headline is very upsetting and unacceptable. Was discussing the J. Whitlock tweet with a buddy the other day – it was definitely ignorant and distasteful. But weren’t we all expecting that type of nonsense to happen – some ignorant journalist making a racist comment (what’s really disappointing is that it was from another person of color). But this is on another level. This is ESPN, the “mothership,” with an army of researchers, journalists, writers, and editors on top of editors brainstorming ideas, putting them on paper, then editing, revising, proofreading, re-revising, re-editing, and analyzing every single word of every sentence in an article/headline/caption . . . then releasing this asinine headline? This was no accident. A network of ESPN’s caliber does not make a mistake like this. This was a conscious decision, and undoubtedly intentional. Doesn’t matter if the headline was posted at 2:30am and the writer was burning the midnight oil – he/she knew the contents of the headline, and the editor of the article gave it the green light. Have you noticed the media rarely even uses the word “race” or “ethnicity” these days – it’s like those terms have suddenly become taboo. The new term is “heritage” . . . I heard that word first on Colin Cowherd’s morning show. Now I’m expected to believe that the network that uses the word “heritage” is going to inadvertently post ch-nk in their headline?

    And the fact that ESPN was called out by deadspin for a similar headline back in 2008 makes this headline all the more disappointing and unacceptable. . . Bottom line, inadvertent or not, the writer and editor MUST be FIRED. We know the power of the media, and the influence it can have on the economy, politics, culture, and our lives. The guilty ESPN writer and editor(s), with all their wisdom and wit, used a term that racist Americans have promoted since the 1800’s to demean, disparage, and create hate against Asian Americans. It’s simply unacceptable – and to chalk it up to a misplaced or harmless play on words is unacceptable. ESPN must hold the writer and editor accountable – those responsible must be fired.

  • Dan

    Fired the ESPN editors who are responsible for this. And ESPN should ban the use of the phrase “Chink in the armor.” The phrase is just an excuse to use the word Chink.

  • CE

    Absolutely disgusting and tasteless. Do not make the mistake of giving the person who wrote this headline (most likely a copy editor) the benefit of the doubt. Copy editors are trained to write headlines that are appealing to readers, and puns are often used in headlines for this purpose. The person who wrote this headline absolutely knew what they were doing – using a pun in which chink refers to both Lin and the expression (chink in the armor). The fact that ESPN entrusted this copy editor with the responsibility of serving as the final set of eyes for this story, when this person clearly lacks the news judgment to do so, is disappointing.

  • Stef

    Please be clear- you are accountable for this comment that was racist and slanderous. You owe your millions of viewers and Jeremy Lin better than a “sweep this under the rug” response and (fingers crossed!) hoping nobody really takes notice that this was much worse than an “oopsy” moment. Many people at your company planned and approved this moronically obtuse and ignorant “play” on words at the expense of the Chinese people. Also quite offensive was the arrogance you operate with, and the errant assumption that your viewers are indeed a bunch of morons. This former viewer says #epicfail. Time to get accountable and stop pressuring your band of merry anchors create their own “trademark” expressions that ESPN has marketed itself with ad nauseam. So, ask yourself ESPN, What would Walt do??????????

  • Francine

    ESPN needs to step up. This kind of recurring racial slurs cannot be tolerated. I am awaiting the removal of those responsible.

  • Mark Weber

    Well considering how as Americans we have turned ourselves into a society of nothing but skeptics, and a great need to find fault in any given opportunity with everyone around us that makes a mistake innocent or not…(but ourselves of course) I find this almost amusing that a phrase can be turned into another stone to throw. Look the phrase has been used for years and our OVER political correctness has done nothing but reduce our positive intelligence to an absolute negative intellect. We are so over protective of our image yet we are like a stepping WAY back in the past that deems a need to line up the next candiate at our “stoning”. Frankly the most amusing thing to me is ESPN has turned into the same as any other “witch hunt, gossip” media of creating stories not out of fact but out of speculation rather than a Sports media it used to be,so it is only fitting the “stoning” is now being done to them. All in all leave it alone.

  • Henry

    “It’s not a big deal, you guys are making it out to be a bigger deal than it isn’t”, said one non-Asian post member. I Disagree. it is a pause for concern when you’re Asian. They are professionals and placing this in context (or my statement won’t work), Editors had 1000s of other metaphors to choose from and that’s the best they can come up with? If Asians chooses to be offended and it means more to that person than you? At least have the courtesy to let him, or her have their voices heard, or show their dismay.

  • I am Asian American, at first when I heard this I was rather upset. So I decided to look into the meaning of this phrase. Please see below. I don’t think it was done intentional. Maybe editoral issues and a stupid mistake. I think ESPN did the right thing by removing the content and issue an apology.

    What is the meaning and origin of ‘chink in the armour’?

    (Aswin, Chennai)

    This is an expression that has been part of the English language for over 600 years. When you say that someone has a chink in his armour, what you mean is that the person has a minor fault which is likely to cause him problems. In other words, the person has a flaw which can be taken advantage of by other people. The expression can be used with things as well.

    *The up and coming star spent hours looking for a chink in the champion’s armour.

    The word ‘chink’ has nothing to do with a ‘Chinaman’. This ‘chink’ is a rather obscure word meaning ‘slit’ or ‘narrow opening’. In the old days, as a form of protection, soldiers used to wear armour. If the armour had a slit, then it became a weak spot, which enemies took advantage of.

  • Mhock

    “chink in one’s armour”

    . a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
    chink in one’s armour, a small but fatal weakness

    Check any dictionary.

    Why do we always have to be so politically correct? Every word, every syllable scrutinized for a story.

    No STORY move on

  • MF

    The people posting above and calling for people to get fired over this are the uneducated and ignorant ones. Did these people actually watch the video?

    A very common expression was used – one which generally has not racist intent. Poor choice of words in this case? Yes. Racism? No!

    For the most part, Asians aren’t upset about this. It’s white people who are upset.

  • dkyo

    Completely outrageous. ESPN has crossed the line from serious jourldnalism to sideshow sensationalism. No true journalist would let something like this happen. Somebody needs to be fired to show ESPN’s commitment to journalism

  • HoopsGalore

    ESPN used the exact same phrase “Chink in the Armor” as an online headline when Team USA was playing in China. They quickly took it down and promised to take action….

  • HoopsGalore

    So disappointed in this. I’m an Asian American who played hoops growing up and heard this term hurled at me on the basketball court quite often. Given that ESPN used “Chink in the Armor” as a headline when Team USA was playing in China a couple years ago and that no reporters or editors are being named, I find their apology disingenuous. How many people see this headline before it goes live? Unbelievable.

  • clyde

    Funny how the same white people who came out in droves to castigate Floyd Mayweather for his “honest” comment about Jeremy Lin and why such a big deal is being made about his play, are now the same one’s to ask what’s the big deal about saying CHINK! Their rallying cry of these closeted racists is typical, “can’t you people take a joke” “why are you people so sensitive” It’s nice to be the “majority” I guess!!!

  • HoopsGalore

    @John Beach, I have posts that seem to be being censored as well. Nothing vulgar, just calling ESPN out on this, and past offenses.

  • Zane

    ESPN needs to take this attack on Chinese very carefully. In this country, moral standard counts and I am impressed by most of the comments that are based on that ground. However, ESPN needs to have some pain in this event to learn not to behave like this again. It is hardly not to think there was not a chain of writers and editors and technicians willing start this headline and processed it to the website. ESPN had done the damage already.

    @Nick post 101. Jeremy didn’t need ESPN help or any other organizations help in getting what he has achieved so far. As a matter of fact he had been suppressed by NBA and news media all along until now; only when fan paid attention to him. He doesn’t need help from affirmative program for Asians in sports.

  • AsianHops

    Flat out disgusted that this headline was allowed to go live. How many people see this beforehand and do nothing to stop it? The apology is woefully inadequate.

  • MikeH

    I’m really disappointed in ESPN. Shame on them. I find it very difficult to believe this was merely an accident/oversight. It’s insensitive to say the least and the apology was lame.

  • simon shie

    This is so stupid and make me sick!!!!
    The editor and who worte it should be fired !!!!1
    Shame on you ESPN.

  • Ben

    Is this still 19th or early 20th century? Is the aura of colonialism or imperialism alive and well? ESPN, it would be a waste of time to teach you about ethics and morality. I don’t think any Chinese or Asian will enjoy this hard-nosed racist attitude. You will be shut off from the Chinese(your favorite C****) and Asian market!!! Is this want you want?

  • M

    What a despicable intentional racist attempt at wit by ESPN. The ESPN writer and editor (if there is even an editorial process at ESPN) should acknowledge that racism has no place in journalism and media and they owe all their audiences an apology and an outline of how something like this will not happen again. News flash to ESPN – You are not funny. If you are part of the human race, you should be offended by the ESPN article.

  • Amy Cha

    Plain and simple – fire all those that let this pass from writer to editor. This is truly a disgusting offensive comment period.

  • Cindy – Lee

    The person who made the ethnic slur in “an attempt at humor” should be fired. A person in this type of position, an announcer in the public eye reaching millions, HAS to be held MORE accountable for language use and cultural sensitiviy.

  • Dave

    Who cares? There are far more important issues in the world (including the world of sports) than someone using a bad word. Get over it.

  • iheartmom

    As a child, I thought the term was “kink in the armour” but when I started hearing the word pronounced “chink”, I became very angry and insulted. I am Asian-American and the word does offend me, irregardless of whether said alone or as part of a phrase. And to those who say the term is ok just because it appears in the dictionary, you are making a flawed point – the “N” word is in the dictionary but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable to use. Shame on you and ESPN!

  • Nick

    The ESPN mobile site writer and editor need to be FIRED immediately. A simple apology is unacceptable since the damage has been done.

  • joe

    If no action against this racist writer is taken, ESPN should be boycotted!!!

  • Tom

    Disgusting! Shame on you ESPN

  • Kyoul

    Apology not accepted. This isn’t the first this has happened so it’s not “acccidental journalism. Personally, the only way that I know how to appropriately respond is to start campaigning and contacting your sponsors and advertisers, asking them to deny you their money and business. If the general public wishes to truly voice their displeasure then they must hit ESPN where it truly hurts: in the wallet. And besides, what type of discussion would we be having right now if ESPN had used the “N” word?

  • John C. Chang

    The last time I ever posted a “reply” to any posts/websites/whathaveyou was over 10 years ago when I was in my 20’s. As a professional who works over 50 hours a week (and that’s grossly underestimating) do you actually think I would have TIME to respond to something like this if it wasn’t overtly offensive? And please, who in their right mind would find it inoffensive? Except to people at ESPN and some of the posters above, one who even pretended to be Asian (why the trouble?).

    I admit I first heard the news over at yahoo and for the first 5 seconds I even gave ESPN the benefit of the doubt, thinking “competitors, don’t believe everything you read!”, until the unseen title that lived reportedly for less than 30 minutes brushed aside any doubt. Chink in the armor? A slip in editing? Please. Anybody that dull needs to be fired. And anybody not that dull needs to be fired too.

    I don’t know about today, in the supposedly more racially tolerant society that the US of A should be, what it’s like for an Asian kid growing up in America is like. But back in my day in the 1980’s (I’ll only speak for what I know firsthand), NO Asian kid EVER grew up not having heard CHINK or the oh-so-cute gesture of CHINESE JAPANESE chant complete with eye-slanting finger movements almost EVERYDAY going to school, on the bus, at the playgrounds, or maybe tomorrow during gym class or the day after during lunch or hey yesterday during class. We’ve all suppressed it and categorized it along with other insensitive memories of elementary/junior high/high school/college memories and prayed that they would stay buried in childhood and not rear its ugly head in adulthood. And, BAM, there it is headline news for the world to see and laugh at.

    And, no, you don’t EVER know what it’s like if you are not Asian. You have not had the privilege. Just like I won’t ever know what it is like for people of other heritage. It is cliche but so simply true. CHINK in the armor? Dang right it was. MAJOR chink in the armor for ESPN.

  • Kris

    Ok the guy made a mistake. Why don’t we just stone him to death. I am sure all you people who are writing on here are perfect. #checkyourself:)

  • John C. Chang

    Forget the unedited spelling/grammatical errors that occurred in my previous post: much more forgivable than errors from a major website wouldn’t you say? I forgot to say my most important RELEVANT speak:

    ESPN, you at least have lost an audience in me until an acceptable apology has been given. I will SO easily live without you, believe me

    Thank you.

  • Regular Joe

    Embarrassing Stuff Pretend News – there is NO WAY that this was not intended…. To say it was an innocent mistake is nothing but a lie.

  • Tom

    I can see how the term was used innocently during the interview because it is a part of our language. HOWEVER, there is no excuse for using it in an article. Did you not have enough time to edit? Or are you that insensitive? Was that supposed to be funny? Don Imus was fired and the media made his life a living hell when made a joke about nappy headed hoes, which incidentally is used on every other rap song, WHAT SAY YOU ESPN?

  • shenmai

    ESPN needs to apologize to all Chinese on behalf on this remark~! really offensive and unprofessional~!

  • KSJr.

    I just have to respond to this one. What in the “Hell” were the people at ESPN thinking? Obviously they weren’t thinking at all. This was clearly written in poor taste; I’m very, very surprised. And from now on, I see the whole organization at ESPN in a different light.

  • Mike

    Hopefully this will put an end to espn’s obsession with having to come up with stupid a** puns for everything

  • Mary Ann Goto

    Use of any kind of racial slur is unacceptable. It insults not only Chinese Americans, but all Americans. Asian Americans in this country will not sit quietly and let this go un-addressed. Seventy years ago today 120,000 Asian Americans were imprisoned becaused they quietly let their own government imprison them. Today, we will speak out. Organizations like the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Japanese American Citizens League and countless other civil rights organizations will see to it that Asian Americans get the respect they deserve. With today’s social media, we are even more empowered to mobilize a national boycott of any ESPN sponsors should you let something like this happen again.

  • Mark

    Overreacting at its pinnacle. That’s what this is. Everyone is way too sensitive. No discipline required ESPN.

  • David Ford

    Bad taste maybe, but enough to lose your job? C’mon folks, let’s get over the “victim” mentality.

  • RS

    Lin is a 23 yo very young man who is talented, extremely talented, in something that most of you ‘grown up’ losers would never achieve in your lifetime. Jealousy? With a 23 yo? And you call yourself ESPN, the ‘sports’ news??? The top of the sporting world is the Olympics, and there is no ethnicity in the Olympics. And why is ESPN involved with sports anyways?


    Was that real? Its hard to believe this happened at ESPN. Wow, I still can’t believe it actually happened.

  • Amy

    Something happens once, you may call it an accident. When it happens twice, it’s unforgivable.

  • Dan Waters

    To Mark and David Ford:

    Would you call it an overreaction if you were fired for throwing around the n-word at your workplace? Furthermore, do you work at a major national media outlet like ESPN?

    If you think this is overreacting, you belong in pre-Civil Rights America. There is no place for you in modern society. Globalization, learn it.


  • JB

    Remember – it’s not what you said, but what they heard, no matter your intent.

    Welcome to “Everyone’s A Victim”

    “Help! My self-esteem is suffering!”

  • Samuel Romano

    Whats the difference between what Don Imus said, and What Whitlock and others at Espn said.RACISM is RACISM…And I march Across Edmond Petus Bridge in Selma Al.

  • RG

    Simply inexcusable.

    How difficult is it to leave racial bias out of your sports news?

  • phil

    how narrow minded have you got to be to think that he meant anything racial. grow up and get a life

  • Steve Segerman

    What’s ridiculous and sad is that those commenting around the country don’t understand what the phrase means, and that there is nothing racist or harmful about the phrase. See the definition below:

    1. a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
    chink in one’s armor a small but fatal weakness
    [Probably alteration of obsolete chine, from Middle English, crack, from Old English cine.]

    There is nothing wrong with the headline or the interview with Frazier, and quite honestly, ESPN should be ridiculed for falling into the trap of apologizing for no reason just to appease people. This phrase has been used for over 400 years and has nothing to do with being an ethnic slur about someone from China. Sometimes people get caught up in what is ‘politically correct’ and misunderstand a term or the use of a term.

    The articles that I’ve read over the past 24 hours are ridiculous. In fact, I’d say that the individuals that perceive the phrase as being a slur are in fact the ones with racial issues. Shame on everyone, including ESPN for blowing this out of proportion.

    What would have been amazingly great, is if Jeremy Linn had indicated to reporters that he found no harm in the comment and thought that everyone was making a big deal over nothing. Then perhaps people would have been forced to look in the mirror. Jeremy Linn is an amazing story, but sadly this insanity isn’t worth our time.

  • MaDuke

    Was it inappropriate? Absolutely, should have never been allowed, however – fire the violators and lets continue to watch the sport and support the players. The media industry are the only ones who beat a dead horse. We heard Jeremy Lin’s words and how he feels. Now lets watch the sport and support our players. Let move on already!

  • Doyle Smith

    To ESPN and all the jumpers on the bandwagon. (op’s I wonder if bandwagon might offend someone somewhere?) I ask forgiveness if it did!!!! Look in your dictionary folks, XXXXX (Moderator Edit), is a real word, with a real meaning, which has nothing to do with race. ESPN say’s they are doing an investigation, well, why would you fire someone before you complete the investigation. I have watched Lin and was caught up in the excitement as others are. ESPN implies there were other statements made although they don’t tell us what those were. Mr Lin should speak with those people involved himself. This is not fair to him as well as those fired. People are all caught up in this free speech thing and yet they freak out because someone uses a word which is perfectly in order, but can also be used by jerks as a slur (not a real word). I am embarred for you people and ESPN. AND UNDERSTAND, if these people used it as a slur, they should be disciplined. I don’t even know who these people are so I have no dog in the race. Sorry again, I didn’t mean to say “race”. Must have offended you bandwagon jumpers out there who want to be so perfect and need to jump on every wagon that comes by to show how thoughtful and PC you are. By the way,they have doctors out there who can help you get over your guilt trips. ESPN is a spineless bunch who is willing to sacrifice anyone to please a few guilt ridden PC freaks. Shame

  • John C. Chang

    @steve segerman and anyone who actually had to look up the word c***k in the dictionary: are you for real? Seriously, who doesn’t know what the word means, in either way? The fact that you had to even look it up proves you didn’t hear the word hurled at you everyday growing up. And therefore you are in no position to say whether it is offensive or not. It “has nothing to do with being an ethnic slur about someone from China”??? Seriously where are you from? How is it even POSSIBLE for you to say that? Do you KNOW or have spoken to ANY person of chinese heritage? Because you so painfully obviously don’t. The next time you want your rant to have any merit it would help if you come across educated to begin with. Should I define education for you too?

  • Ed

    Go to and search for the phrase “redneck” and you’ll find 52 search results.

    Since you people are bound and determined to hop on the “PC” bandwagon I expect to hear about a whole bunch of people losing their jobs over this.

  • John C. Chang

    And Steve, his name is Jeremy LIN, not liNN. Thank you.

  • Brandon

    Considering ESPN has Editors; Producers and so forth, you would assume C—- in the Armor used to question Jeremy Lin would be a red flag due to the fact that he is a “c—-“. If used on Kobe Bryant, sure no problem but often Asians are victims of Racism and we often do not react to ignorant people and are even typecasted and stereotyped in hollywood to not react to racism and to remain silent and quiet.

    People think its okay to associate orange chicken or to say i love jackie chan when they find out your chinese. What does that have to do with who the person is?

    Just because we do not react does not mean it is okay to give us racist remarks.