Controversial headline against Jeremy Lin - Racism spewed out ESPN apologizes

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Convo with Jeremy Lin

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It happens that there was three offensive remarks done toward Jeremy Lin.

  • The heated controversial Headline was titled "Chink in the Armor".
  • The ESPN reporter was removed from employment.
  • The ESPNews Anchor was suspended for 30 days for a separate racial incident.
  • The Radio commentator who made a racist remark towards Lin wasn't an ESPN employee.
  • An Apology was announced by ESPN for the wrongful acts of the two employees.

Headline at ESPN gone wrong

The National Basketball Association is famous for its attractive allure when it comes to show casing basketball stars of all shades and colors, from all walks of life today. There's lately been a great deal of media publicity, and major noise beginning to fuel up all about a certain player there.

This is actually a hub that will be addressing the topic of editorial writers responsibility, I chose such a topic mainly because of the viewing of a major headline today that went along the lines of this titled, "Linsane Racism!". Now before I get into the facts surrounding such allegations, I will make sure to thoroughly investigate all the details about the case. I believe it was a writer for ESPN, that was charged, and eventfully removed from the company for publishing a racist headline about the latest new NBA player Jeremy Lin.

I will also be dedicating an entire hub about Jeremy Lin soon, and had been planning on generating one in dedication to my love for the game, but this latest news has put it to a halt for now, and I will change gears a bit, and place a bit of emphasis on the responsibility we all have as writers and authors of digital works, so that things like what has occurred there at ESPN most recently, shame on them, won't continue to happen elsewhere on the web.

Even though if the issue wasn't with that of any written works, but instead was a comment made from a ESPN reporter, writers must be aware as well of what they're writing about.



Jeremy Lin a rising Star NBA Player

First off no matter what the media tries to do, they cannot take away from the truest facts of Jeremy Lin's new rise to stardom in the world of basketball, he's achieved in a very short time some major accolades to say the least.

Jeremy is an average looking guy, he's not that tall, he's not that stocky neither, but he shows motivation and drive in everything he does on the court, and it goes to show why he deserves such national attention, and even global phenomenon reactions are just an example of what happens, when a member of a particular race steps into an arena that's filled with less of that one single group of national origin.

Lin is actually the first born Asian American of Chinese decent to become an NBA player in the United States, and this is something of an anomaly I might add, which has become an inspiration like no other in our day and times for the Asian community worldwide. I commend him on his success and development as a respectable NBA Player today. He definitely earned his place thus far, in the ranks amongst his NBA peers.

Due to all this huge popularity over Lin's NBA performance on the court and overall success, as well as the latest controversy in the media, now we all know about his bright young basketball career with his news spreading worldwide, and the "Linocity" or Linsanity, is just getting started. It's not surprising though for him to have achieved such a huge fan following, since he's actually the first of Asian Americans to make it happen as an NBA Player & the fan following has become monumental indeed or in web terms viral. "Lin's gone Viral!"


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1st reactions to such news

One Facebook commenter suggested that he shouldn't have been fired, and the Editor of ESPN should have. I think ESPN is responsible for it all in the end, and they should be the ones prosecuted for allowing such activity to have taken place, and to have been produced behind their companies logo, and boundaries.

ESPN is not an individual, its a huge cooperation, and Jeremy Lin has the right to do as he may, in retaliation against ESPN if he deems to do so, which would utterly be an example, for all others to not follow suit. I think many companies will heavily scrutinize their editorial staff, and reporters as to the releasing of any sort of wrongful writings, or audio/video messages against anyone for that matter, especially not just against that of some major star celebrity, or public figure.

Was it a slip up or Publicity Stunt by an ESPN reporter

This ESPN slip up doesn't surprise me at all, because it was something that's been brewing up over the years, from ancient antiquity till today, many walks of life have been slandered, abused, and out right mistreated due to hatred, and unfair behaviors on the part of aggressors whom feel their somewhat superior, but times have definitely changed since than, and to see the remnant of such injustices vent it self off in the most unlikely places such as ESPN and aiming at an NBA player is utterly preposterous.

The ESPN reporter responsible for the wrongful controversial report about Jeremy Lin was fired pretty much, or as they said on the Global Grind network he was let go, which tells me ESPN is trying to protect themselves, what are they to do, well they also stated an apology towards the Lin family, the entire Asian community, and to the world of fans due to this unrighteous deed towards Jeremy Lin.

I will not address the reasoning behind the writers publishing of such racial slurred material, due to the fact that it really doesn't matter why he wrote it, he should have known better, and quite frankly had the audacity to be bold enough to allow its full publishing, and then final release to the public.

What I will address is the fact that many people are counting on the success of NBA player Jeremy Lin to help take down the age old stigmatic sayings, wrongful terms used against people, and much much more about who's who. His fans are in the millions, and I'm sure they're all outraged to known that such stunts are being pulled against him, and just want fairness across the board.

Lets hope that the world can learn a thing or two from, such misuse and abuse of the powers of voice, and writing, and take note that all writers worldwide may receive heavier penalties for doing such things as was done here by that ESPN reporter.



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The Editors Responsibility

All writers are responsible for that which they choose to title, subject, and for which they choose to bring to the digital table, the world stage overall as well as the editorial stage of publishing, and authoring. This responsibility isn't to be taken lightly, and this happening on Friday, Feb 17th 2012, has made a huge dent in our industry for all writers, and editors worldwide.

Take not that the scrutiny of our works is paramount to the keeping of our craft as writers, and editors, and if anyone thinks they simply have the write to abuse such a liberty or privilege, they are wrong.

Whomever is going to publish any written material to be viewed by the public, must also be fully prepared for a heavy weighted response, and the overall responsibility lies in the Editorial staff, as well as the upper level management who approves such works, especially when it comes to play in the arena of such huge organizations as ESPN, or any where for that matter, mostly because of their effective reach to the public, and because their voice is extremely powerful when anything is published behind the walls of their confines.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

It's amazing that by now we don't all know the different terms used to offend in the past acting like the "terms" no longer hold the venomous injection that they've held all along. What seems misunderstood is that if a term began or was created as an insult to a persons race and character then famously used as such because it suddenly goes underground for a while doesn't diminish it's purpose. The word "racism" is thrown around so much now when a situation or a statement truly is racist it seems unrecognizable in most instances. It's ri to the diculous.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey there @NightFlower thanks for the sharp reaction, and such detailed insightful comment you left me here, yes but of course when such racial epitaphs get displayed like has been done in the case of the ESPN incidents against Jeremy Lin, it shows the rare form and reality of ignorance in many people, of not being truly aware of their own selves being subdued into it all.

If your in any professional career like news reporting, you are definitively in a seat of much higher alertness, and or responsibility for what your mind, heart, and soul spews out from the like of such a higher platform of communications, and will be held much more accountable for which you project to that of the global community.

This is reason for such re-activeness in any event, and I don't take sides, I just know of the infringement of ones human rights has been done, so I addressed such a fact with this hub here.

I will devote an entire hub to Jeremy Lin due to such a huge inspiration he has become to many young children not only from his community, but from all walks of life worldwide, and stains like this will not overshadow his image in any way, because he is a true kind person who shows determination and drive to succeed.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

I like this...I too have fallen under Jeremy Lins spell-smile and I agree wholeheartedly with you but I do think that there is the tendency not to be able to seperate personalism from professionalism and yes as a public figure /communications and journalism, you should develope the art of seperating the two but sometimes passion get in the way which makes it hard to maintain consistently. This person said exactly what was felt down deep.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Maybe so @NightFlower but it doesn't make it right what he has done, and so the reactions against him will continue until all the noise dies down, as always. Thanks for returning and for giving my hub here a chance.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

Oh I'm in total agreement and your welcomed-smile.


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

Writers and even Editors should take responsibility in every word that they say. We should all be careful on the terms we use because some of these words might be good to you but offensive to others. That's all I can say.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks again @NightFlower, your awesome indeed.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi @Rob_Allen I love your profile pic there, its nice looking, lol.

Yes indeed, all authors of written, verbal, or digital works are being held fully responsible for what they publish to the public today, yes indeed.

Thanks for the cool comment, and for sharing with me today, I will repay the favor soon.


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

Thank you CloudExplorer!

No problem. I really think that this hub is worth sharing. :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks again @Rob_Allen, for coming back a second time,and for sharing, I'm heading your way to see what you have in store for us all, see you soon.


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Dreamlin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

I’m not a basketball fan, but because of Jeremy Lin I begin to pay attention to the sport. Not just because he is a good player, but he is also an intelligent, humble young man who knows the power of words, the power of team work and the power of diligence. There is a rare kind of grace and inner beauty in him that sets him apart from the others. He represents the American Dream, never gives up, always works hard, and prepares himself for the unforeseen future. I’m proud to share the same last name as Jeremy. Who knows? May be we are related five hundred years ago :). Nice Hub, CloudExplorer. I’m looking forward to more Jeremy Lin’s articles. Great Job!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Dreamlin for being so insightful here, and for sharing with me today, yes I might admit myself, that I fell off the whole watching of sports, and definitely of the NBA in particular, but with all the noise going around about Jeremy Lin, its quite hard not to notice it all.

The big thing is that people are shocked about his performance in the NBA, mostly because he's the first Chinese American NBA player to grace his presence on the court, and this is why all the news is beginning to rage onward, as people worldwide are starting to here of it all, the web is a powerful tool indeed, and for this I love this game, both the web, and the game of life in general.

Awesome comment catch ya in another hub some time, I seen you on that other hub about Jeremy Lin just recently, LOL.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Jeremy is Lin-tastic and that Lin-article was Lin-cruel and Lin-purpose! Those people do this for a Lin-living - they know what they're Lin-doing! They should be Lin-shamed of Lin-selves! Anyone as Lin-credible as Jeremy will always be a Lin-target to those out to just make a lin-ollar! I wonder if he's consider Lin-igating? Lin-mazing hub! voting very Lin-teresting!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Very Funny comment there @ImKarn23, I love your play on the Lin'ness of it all, fantabulously written, I must get to the reading of hubs as well.


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Dreamlin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

I think Jeremy’s success partially due to the fact that many people naturally disregard his value without giving him the chance to shine, and finally, NY Knicks is brave enough to sign him, and the coach is smart enough to let him rock. It is another example of appearance can be deceiving. For a basketball player he is not tall, every average looking, not too muscular. But I think it is because of his Lin-size, he can move so agilely about the court. Beyond all, he is a wise player, both on the basketball court and in real life. Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. His future is certainly in his hands. I’m proud of him.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

I would like to coin the new term Linocity! its what comes to my mind when I think of all the pandemonium being propagated about Jeremy Lin today, I've had the pleasure to play with many ball players in my life, and not at the NBA level, but I share in his tenacity, and love for the game.

It's a shame people can't just leave well enough alone, and they still harbor such things as racism today, whihc puts a negative scare on the whole issue of becoming famous, and well known, because no one wants their name smudged around, and unrighteously played with like this, or that of their true statue and character.

Thanks once again for yet another awesome comment @Dreamlin, I appreciate all the communications and feedback I'm currently getting on this hub thus far.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

I'm not sure what i will define "Linocity" as, but it shall become a cool phrase to use on hubpages, as I continue to write more hubs about Jeremy Lin, @ Drealin.


PWalker281 4 years ago

I read about this yesterday, I think it was, on the MSN website. They wouldn't reprint the headline so I didn't know what was written or said until today.

I decided to do a little research and discovered that "chink in the armor" is an idiom that is used to denote a small fault that an otherwise strong person has. Since I don't know the context in which these terms were used, I don't know what the reporter and the commentator were attempting to convey by using it.

On the other hand, using the term in reference to someone of Chinese descent, even if the phrase was appropriate to the context, is at the very least insensitive to the feelings of Chinese people, given the racist history of the word.

Was it the on-air commentator or the print reporter who was fired? If it was the latter, I think if you're going to fire anyone, it should have been the reporter's editor for letting it get published.

I think the motivations of both these individuals for using the term IS important. If it was meant to be deliberately injurious (like the radio commentator who made those terrible remarks about the black women on the college basketball team a few years back), then yes, fire them. If it was done unconsciously, then reprimand them but let them continue to work. Racism, both overt and covert, has been such an integral part of American society for centuries that a lot has been internalized and exists at the subconscious level. As a result, people say things out of habit, without thinking. When this happens, it's important to correct them, but I think sometimes the corporation's knee jerk response to fire someone is done without thinking it through in order to distance themselves from the offender. Is there any sensitivity training for employees after the event, or is the firing supposed to be warning enough?

Just my two cents worth (sorry for being so long winded).


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Yes indeed the issue of terminology is there as you've stated @PWalker281, but how is the terminology used is the problem I guess, and whom is it directed towards for that matter, so I agree with you on the actual definition of the phrase, but there has to be a better measure of such use by discretion of the editorial staff, prior to release of any material.

As for how the way the cooperation handled this case, I also agree that most cooperate firms will always be very reactive at showing their disciplinary actions first, and definitely to create the distance as to protect their interests there.

Maybe he was fired because he didn't adhere to such protocol, but either way it is what it is, right. More news to make more headlines I guess.

Whatever the case may be, I'm on top of every hot issue I can get my digital fingers on today, because quite frankly that's the way to alert these search engines to your presence as a writer I believe, and not the only way, but it does make a huge difference in a single days worth of web activities that's for sure.

Thanks again Pwalker281 for sharing some insightful words with me here, and cant wait to meet you on your hubs comment section as well.


PWalker281 4 years ago

I think perhaps those involved were trying to be linguistically "cute" - it's a play on words, but messed up big time as their enculturated racism surfaced. ESPN must have some editorial guidelines to prevent this kind of thing, but apparently nobody bothered to check the copy before it went live (which says a lot about ESPN's editorial staff). I'm for reprimanding on a first occurrence, firing if it happens a second time. And the policy should be in writing and circulated so staff is aware.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@PWalker281, yikes I didn't even know you commented on this hub here again, sowwy.

I feel what you saying Patrice, if it were me in charge would have been harsh as well, investigations would have been the crucial blow against the editorial staff and not the reporter first. Thanks for reading and returning once again.


PWalker281 4 years ago

No problem, Mike. You're a busy man, so I can understand why you might have missed it.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

I'm bot missing this one, hehe. Thanks again your to sweet to return back for yet another cool comment I owe you some.

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