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February 18, 2012

From the Associated Press:

ESPN apologizes for offensive headline on mobile sites for Jeremy Lin story

By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, February 18, 10:59 AM

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

Man, I guess ESPN decided that if you’re going to go racist and offensive, you may as well go all the way.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2012 2:02 pm

    There’s a town neighboring Peoria that used to be (it might still be) one of the most racist cities ever. When I was growing up, the entire town was white. The name of their high school basketball team: The Pekin Chinks! I’m glad to be far away from that town.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      February 18, 2012 2:45 pm

      Wow. That’s pretty remarkable. Apparently they eventually changed the name to the Dragons, but not without quite a bit of dissent:

      • February 18, 2012 7:28 pm

        I love in the article that you found that they refer to Asian’s as “Orientals.” There used to be a country disco in Pekin called, “The Country Bumpkin” and it was always loaded with “good old boys.” I went in there in 1977 in full punk rock mode, biker jacket, buttons, spiky hair, etc. with a friend. We sat down and some guy at the other end of the bar said, “Where the fuck did you two faggots come from?” So I answered, “I was over at your father’s house, buttfucking him.” We got chased out of there and just made it to the car. Oh and we were higher than shit on mescaline! Oh, the good old days!

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