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Jeremy Lin

ESPN Apologizes Over Offensive Headline

2/18/2012 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

ESPN Headline Chink In the Armor
ESPN issued an apology last night after a racially insensitive headline about New York Knicks star guard Jeremy Lin appeared on their mobile site.

The headline, "Chink In the Armor," appeared only on mobile browsers, the network said, and only between the hours of 2:30 AM ET and 3:05 AM ET.

ESPN posted an apology on their media site, which read in part, "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."

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static    

It's a legit description used all the time they weren't calling him that, But as a big fan of the double entendre it's freakin funny.

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frankieb    

Seriously, who didn't laugh at that?

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KP    

In this day and age, I don't believe racial epithets have the same effect they did 20-30 years ago. However, I was taught early in life that play on words and puns are the lowest form of humor deserving the proverbial groans which in themselves were often the punch-lines. CNN was clearly out of their depth and should stick to being reporters rather than comedians.

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Tanya    

Why would they think that was ok? It's getting ridiculous now. I hope the people responsible are all fired.

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ricky_hammers    

Definitely racist. Definitely funny.

976 days ago
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thelil    

Some moron who works for ESPN is in trouble today.

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UPYOURS    

Wow ESPN, nothing like showing what you really are, for all to see. Not a big surprise here. Big reason why I have stopped watching all sports.

976 days ago
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Googie    

It was an uneducated, idiotic moron wrote that. Doesn't ESPN have proof readers, editors, anyone with some grey cells to know better than letting that go through? Unacceptable.

976 days ago
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David    

what if they said a black basketball player played great tonight "just like a guerilla". That would be national news. What bull****.

Al Sharpton= blacks are always right

976 days ago
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Falcon8279    

where's Rev Al and Rev Jesse and the Victim Police? Oh I forgot.... asians are not a protected class.

976 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

How insensitive by ESPN. They should have been politically correct and had the title read, "Gook In The Armor."

976 days ago
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Robin Williams    

What is really sad, that we could not just accept it for what was printed, NO we are so on guard, so ready to fire someone over a mistake? 30 years ago this was a word that people used for derogatory, some young intern probably in early 20's wrote this headline and thought nothing of it. We have become so cynical so so sad.

976 days ago
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Doug Glass    

On a m o r o n would object to the use of the word "chink", just as only m o r o n would object to the use of the word "niggling".

But then there are so many m o r o n s out there to feign offense.

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lola_uk    

Stay classy, white people...

976 days ago
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John Blake    

This was certainly offensive and the person who created it should be fired. If ESPN allows something like this to be posted and not execute the most severe action then they appear to condone it. Saying that was not seen by many and the amount of time it was on is simply trying to minimize it. These types of comments are ugly and shows how low some meadia personnel have become.

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