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ESPN apologizes for offensive headline on Lin story

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:15 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2012

NEW YORK >> ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

ESPN ran the headline "Chink in the Armor" after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night on its mobile website that could be seen on phones and tablet computers.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated sports fans with unexpected dominance on the court that sparked a seven-game winning streak.

ESPN says in a statement Saturday it removed the headline 35 minutes after it was posted. The cable network says it is "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."

The story was first reported by Outsports.com.


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Bothrops wrote:
on February 18,2012 | 08:17AM
PaPakoolau808 wrote:
Really? Chink? What idiots! I haven't heard that since the Viet Nam days!!! What were they thinking?
on February 18,2012 | 08:19AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Right, just let him be Jeremy and enjoy his 15 minutes of fame. The reigning stars will drive him back to the bench by season's end.
on February 18,2012 | 02:40PM
bubbaButt wrote:
That's 15 more minutes than you'll ever get. Oh yeah, he's guaranteed $770,000 this season. Let me guess, you didn't graduate from Harvard like Jeremy did. BooYah!
on February 18,2012 | 05:10PM
frontman wrote:
Just words......as with all liberal outlets, they say what they mean and then say, oh....sorry.
on February 18,2012 | 05:03PM
SteveToo wrote:
Anyone spending $500 to watch a basket ball game is NUTS. I wouldn't spend $500 to watch ANYTHING.
on February 18,2012 | 08:33AM
serious wrote:
I am sick of the media and politicians and entertainers saying "what I meant to say was"!! They said exactly what they wanted to say and they found the wind was blowing in the other direction!!!
on February 18,2012 | 08:40AM
Larry01 wrote:
How in the world does something like this happen? Stupidity all around.
on February 18,2012 | 08:48AM
808Cindy wrote:
What a Shame ! Its individuals like this who spoil it for so many. If there is any sad part of our Land of Liberty is that it is also given to the unwise. When the unwise speak, it can give us all a sense of hopelessness.
on February 18,2012 | 09:01AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Thirty five minutes to realize the slur. Luckily someone brought it to ESPN's attention. It would have been longer!
on February 18,2012 | 09:22AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Don't they have editors. Don't they have proofreaders. How many people did this story go through before it hit their site.
on February 18,2012 | 09:45AM
fairgame947 wrote:
Shame on ESPN, they should have been ashamed of themselves. THey'd fire any staff member who made that kind of remark as an employee of ESPN. Too bad we can't do the same. They should know better.
on February 18,2012 | 10:14AM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on February 18,2012 | 10:25AM
IAmSane wrote:
That's pretty courageous of you to admit to everyone that you're a racist. Not that anyone was surprised.
on February 18,2012 | 11:33AM
Mana07 wrote:
Geez......chink in the armor is an expression...it wasn't aimed at Lin or they would not have used it in the first place. The political correctness is getting to be absurd. Must've been a racist that recognized the slur................
on February 18,2012 | 11:16AM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
I guess you missed your third grade reading comprehension class.
on February 19,2012 | 05:10AM
The_Dude_Abides wrote:
Double standards to be sure. If a similar derogatory comment would have been made about a black player, everyone at ESPN would be fired.
on February 18,2012 | 12:06PM
Peacenik wrote:
Not a big deal. They apologized, so let's move on. We poke fun at every, and I mean every race in Hawaii and have a good time about it. I can understand Mainlanders being more upset, because of their culture, but if one feels comfortable in their own skin, these kinds of jokes should just slide of one's back like water off a duck. Oops, sorry duck fans, no harm intended.
on February 18,2012 | 12:39PM
Big C wrote:
ESPN should have used "PAKE". That would have totally confused everyone except those with a Hawaii connection. LMAO
on February 18,2012 | 12:46PM
PaPakoolau808 wrote:
on February 18,2012 | 01:59PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Thanks Big C for the laugh!
on February 18,2012 | 05:12PM
surfergirl808 wrote:
fire the people that are responsible, very simple. What IDIOTS
on February 18,2012 | 04:05PM
nippy68 wrote:
someone will get fired ! i hope its the espn sports caster!
on February 18,2012 | 04:12PM
roadsterred wrote:
"Chink in the armor". Is this really offensive? Offensive to who? It's rather funny. We have become too politically correct and it's to our detriment. Our society needs to lighten up.
on February 18,2012 | 04:58PM
heluhelu wrote:
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 -> http://deadspin.com/5884316/ ). 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.
on February 18,2012 | 05:03PM
W_Williams wrote:
I agree with others. They said what they meant to say. Sad.
on February 18,2012 | 05:34PM
Vivgie wrote:
Asians don't take themselves too seriously. They're too mature to stoop to sissy feelings like popo polls and speaks. No inferiority complexes here in Hawaii except fleeps.
on February 18,2012 | 05:59PM
IAmSane wrote:
I'm loving all the racist comments here today.
on February 18,2012 | 06:04PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
It never ceases to amaze me that in this very day and age, some people STILL don't get it. Even supposedly intelligent people like Harry Reid of Nevada and Vice President Joe Biden (okay, the use of the word "intelligent" here is quite a stretch) continue to make racial comments that are quickly explained away by the Democratic Party and self-appointed guardians of the Black Community such as Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, or squelched by the Lamestream Media. God help us if a Republican or Fox News ever said such a thing as ESPN.
on February 18,2012 | 06:26PM
sscmz808 wrote:
Highinthesierras, Your a Idiot, racist pig.
on February 18,2012 | 07:06PM
Bishop5 wrote:
they should name the person that is responsible for this, and fire them. Period. Oh, and the statement is weak.
on February 18,2012 | 09:42PM
EjHo wrote:
Chink in the armor clearly tongue in cheek, but in bad taste. There are five men on the court, this is a team sport and to jump on the band wagon when "he" wins and quickly leap off when "he" loses, let the kid earn a living while he is able. Go find something else to report on, oh yeah basketball zzzzzzz.
on February 19,2012 | 04:04AM
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