Last night the New York Knicks lost their first game since new sensation Jeremy Lin became the starting point guard. In the games that the Chinese-American Harvard grad has taken over he’s broken several NBA records and put the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak.”Linsanity” took hold of the sports nation and he seemed unstoppable.
However, after losing to the New Orleans Hornets 89 to 85 ESPN.com wanted to point out that the rising star was indeed fallible, but in a very questionable way. The headline to the story of the loss read “Chink In The Armor,” referencing both the loss and taking a swipe at Lin’s Chinese heritage. “Chink in the armor” is a common phrase used to refer to a weakness, specifically a narrow opening in one’s defenses that leaves them vulnerable. It originates back to the 1400-1600s when knights would fight in armor. However, “Chink” is also an ethnic slur used against people of Chinese and East Asian descent. The play on words was obvious, and showed poor judgement on the part of the writers and editors.
After public outcry the sports company issued the following apology on their website:
“Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 a.m. (ET). The headline was removed at 3:05 a.m. We are 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.”
What do you think? Is this enough? OR is this not even a big deal to you?