ESPN Fires Employee Responsible For Offensive Jeremy Lin Headline, Suspends Another

VIA SportingNews

ESPN announced Sunday disciplinary action imposed on three employees for three separate incidents of racial-insensitivity related to the company’s coverage of New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.

The employee responsible for the “Chink in the Armor” headline that ran on ESPN.com’s mobile site after the Knicks lost the Hornets on Friday night has been fired. New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has been the subject of an incredible amount of coverage. (AP Photo)

ESPN on Saturday apologized for that headline, plus a similar reference made last week by ESPNews anchor Max Bretos. Bretos, who uttered the phrase “chink in the armor,” perhaps with no ill-intent, while interviewing Knicks television analyst Walt Frazier, has been suspended for 30 days, ESPN announced.

Bretos apologized via Twitter and said he did not mean to offend anyone.

“Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention,phrase was inappropriate in this context,” Bretos tweeted.

“My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community,” he added.

ESPN said it has been made aware of a third incident, which occurred on ESPN Radio, but the radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.

“We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin,” ESPN’s statement says. “His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.”

On Sunday, Lin said he had moved on. “ESPN had apologized, and I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever,” Lin said.

“At the same time, they apologized and I don’t care anymore. I have to learn to forgive and I don’t even think that was intentional.”

Lin also used his postgame press conference to ask members of the media back in Taiwan, where his grandmother and some of his other relatives live, to respect their privacy.

“One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space, because they can’t even go to work without being bombarded and people following them,” he said. “And so, I just want people to respect the privacy my relatives in Taiwan. Hopefully, this will get back to everyone.”

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Tyson Chandler Agrees To Sign With NY Knicks

Tyson Chandler will be leaving the defending NBA Champ Dallas Mavericks for Times Square. Chandler will be signing about a 4-year deal with the Knicks after the possibility of acquiring Chris Paul might have went out the window because of the league may veto it. What do you think of the signing?

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Boston Celtics Take 3-0 Series Lead Over NY Knicks

I would say that last night was the Knicks only chance to get something done in the series with the Celtics. It was all the Celtics last night though. Rajon Rondo had a triple double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 20 assist in a 113-96 game 3 victory over the Knicks.

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Carmelo Anthony & NY Knicks Brought The Heat To Miami In A 91-86 Win

Miami ran into some Heat last night when the NY Knicks came into town. Spike Lee even made the trip for his Knicks. The Heat had good control throughout the game but gave it up in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Chauncy Billups had a 3-pointer that took control of the game for the Knicks and helped them come back and win the game 91-86. C. Anthony had 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk.

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STEPHON MARBURY IS FINALLY FREE

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After a long time of back and forth with the New York Knicks, the team has finally decided to reach a buyout agreement with guard Stephon Marbury. When asked to player very early in the season it was rumored that Marbury said he was not going to play in that particular game. When the rumors of him going to Boston were leaked, the Knicks became really hesitant on letting him go, especially to a division rival. Yesterday, the team finally was able to reach a buyout with Stephon Marbury. Since the buyout was agreed upon before Sunday (deadline), Marbury is allowed to play during the playoffs if a team picks him up. Boston is a good spot because when Garnett returns it will bring former teammates back together along with the other talent on the team. Let’s wait and see if Boston will pick him up.

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Kobe Bryant Scores 61 Against The Knicks

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The first game after Lakers center Andrew Bynum was announced to be out 2-3 months with a severe knee injury, Kobe Bryant knew he had to step up his game or the Lakers would be on the verge of a bad stretch going into the all-star break and after. Well, last night Kobe made some history against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Kobe broke a record that was currently going for 25 years. He scored 61 points (record was 60) in a 126-117 victory over the New York Knicks. The game was sold out and even the Knicks fans were chanting “MVP” for Kobe as he put on a show for the crowd. Pao Gasol added 31 point and 14 rebounds as the Lakers tried to shut down any speculations of its supremacy in the Western Conference.

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