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ESPN apologizes for offensive headline on Lin story

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    New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni talks to Jeremy Lin (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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    New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin (17) passes away from New Orleans Hornets' Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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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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