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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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46.

Julies    

Chink in the armor? No flippin' way. That means someone at the org created it and it was developed before wisely trashed at the end...jeez, really? Isn't that term kind of like the Asian N word?

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47.

Trisha    

I thought it was pretty funny! America needs to stop being so damn sensitive!

873 days ago
48.

OLHussy    

You would apologize alright, all the way to court with your racial slur.....

873 days ago
49.

Rick Rose    

white rappers....LOL

873 days ago
50.

laura    

so rude.......not cool.

873 days ago
51.

Wowza    

It's so obvious that the move was completely intentional and the apology is completely meaningless. They basically called him the equivalent of the n-word and the majority of these lame people commenting on this all think it's funny b/c they basically think they're better than Asians. It's so not freakin funny, it's freakin lame dude and so are you and the lame people that like your comment. This lame string of comments is basically giving off this air that it's cool to be racist and uncool to be politically correct. Politically correct - what a joke. They called him a freakin n-word and everybody's like hahahaha, double entendre - whatever man. This s$hit is rigged, it's all a lie, there is always an ulterior motive and all the dumb racists are getting played just like everyone else. You got a problem with me - well F U!

873 days ago
52.

kp    

Too Funny!

873 days ago
53.

The Neko Nation    

It's a good thing it wasn't a offensive headline about a black guy. Al Sharpton and the black community would be crying and wanting someone fired. They think that racism only works on way and are the first to play the race card. Props to the Asians who didn't act like they are the only ones who have to deal with racism.

873 days ago
54.

Lahela    

Falcon 8279,

Al did protest earlier this week when a network had Lin's head coming out of a fortune cookie. Not many people know about this latest incident especially with Whitney Houston's funeral. Don't use this case of racism against an Asian American person as an excuse to be racist towards a African American person.

873 days ago
55.

Jimmy    

This is such BS.

The double standards.... the ignorance... the BS apology.

If I can't use *****rdly ( means miserly) or negro ( means black ) in reference to anything (even if they used to be common English vernacular)... and I can't say "gorilla was jumping all over the place tonight grabbing rebounds" in reference to a Black person. YOU CERTAINLY CANNOT USE CHINK IN THE ARMOR IN REFERENCE TO TO SOMETHING ABOUT AN CHINESE (even an Asian) PERSON.

You know there would be hell to pay if someone used those Black offensive words. But here ESPN used the same exact ones in during the Beijing Olympics, the same just recently on air in regards to Jeremy Lin, and again in print.... ESPN KNEW IT WAS WRONG. THIS ISN'T JUST SOME TYPO. They've been called out on it already, and someone again typed in C-H-I-N-K..... letter by letter.


And don't tell me to lighten up because it is part of the English language. I may be a *****rdly (miserly) person who enjoys negro (black/dark) humor but I would never use those words like that.

You just cannot tell me that a professional writer who works for big time ESPN thought there would be no problems to use "chink in the armor" in reference to Jeremy Lin! CHINK is the absolute worse word you can use for a Chinese person. AND even using it in reference to a Japanese or Korean person would be utterly stupid. You racists lump Asians all together anyway.

A person who traces his roots back to *****ia is going to be just as offended as a person from Sudan if you said ******.

873 days ago
56.

Jimmy    

LOL

I can't even type the word N-i-g-e-r-i-a without getting censored. Wow. It's ok in this country to **** on Asians using subliminal and undercover bigotry. But I can't type "person from N i g e r i a???" That's the problem.

873 days ago
57.

Jeannie Broussal    

How could this have happened ESPN????? You should be ashamed that your network let this slip by...or was it a slip?

873 days ago
58.

david    

I dont care who you are...that was funny!

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59.

J.L.E    

Maybe because I'm Asian...I do find it offensive. Not all Asians are Chinese and that includes Jeremy Lin. He's Korean by the way.

873 days ago
60.

J.L.E    

Maybe because I'm Asian...I do find it offensive. Not all Asians are Chinese and that includes Jeremy Lin. He's Korean by the way.

873 days ago
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