Ex-ESPN Writer: Lin Slur 'Honest Mistake'

Feb 20, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KETV-TV

Former ESPN writer Anthony Federico apologized Monday for writing an offensive headline about basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, calling it "an honest mistake." The controversial headline read "Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin's 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets." "I'd love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was ... (more)

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Mizz BizzyBody

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Feb 20, 2012
 
LMAO - you know how many guys would give their right nut to be able to work at ESPN and live sports 24/7? And you throw it away on a dumbass comment - EPIC FAIL
Cris

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Feb 20, 2012
 
Sorry Mr. Federico a mistake is when one unknowingly
say's or does something that accidentally injures some one or something. Referring to a man of Chinese heritage as a "Chink" even if tongue in cheek its not proper or an accident. How would it be if a white writer refers to a black player as a "Boy" or one of Italian descent as a "Greaser". I don't believe for one moment that those headlines would be allowed in print.
Yet in every locker room that I have been in there is always horseplay and derogatory names and ethnic slurs abound. The majority of the times it is recognize for what it is, horseplay. However once brought out to the public it sounds differently, it sounds abusive and pernicious.
So are we inherently discriminatory or just politically incorrect from time to time?
Jlin

Winnipeg, Canada

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Feb 20, 2012
 
Im asian , play team sports and have been called chink in trash talk in effort by opponents to get under my skin.
headlines are another matter. Even if the reporter used that line before in other stories that dont involve asian players doesnt mean he can use it here. Remember when a report called Tiger "lynching" during a golf telecast.....what means one thing in one context means entirely different in another context.....maybe the editor should have some time off and consider if he was doing his job properly as he has a resposiblity to what his readers interprete....do I really belief there was no pun intended when this whole 2 weeks everyones being punning jeremy lin?
sam

Brampton, Canada

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Feb 21, 2012
 
Cris wrote:
Sorry Mr. Federico a mistake is when one unknowingly
say's or does something that accidentally injures some one or something. Referring to a man of Chinese heritage as a "Chink" even if tongue in cheek its not proper or an accident. How would it be if a white writer refers to a black player as a "Boy" or one of Italian descent as a "Greaser". I don't believe for one moment that those headlines would be allowed in print.
Yet in every locker room that I have been in there is always horseplay and derogatory names and ethnic slurs abound. The majority of the times it is recognize for what it is, horseplay. However once brought out to the public it sounds differently, it sounds abusive and pernicious.
So are we inherently discriminatory or just politically incorrect from time to time?
a greaser? Isn't it Wop
Kevin G

Burbank, CA

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Feb 21, 2012
 
Doesn't matter what your nationality is - if you have moves like this off the bench you deserve all the attention!

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Chinese

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Feb 22, 2012
 

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He knows that "Chink" is not a nice word. He deserved to be fired. ESPN did the right thing.
ChineseAsWell

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Feb 22, 2012
 
Chinese wrote:
He knows that "Chink" is not a nice word. He deserved to be fired. ESPN did the right thing.
As a person born in the US to parents born in China but grew up in Taiwan, I didn't find the headline to be particular offensive, just poorly chosen wording. Personally, I didn't feed that the guy "had" to be fired, but I think it quickly resolves the situation for ESPN in terms of Public Relations as there seem little point to defend the guy just for loyalty sake.

Imagine if someone wrote the headline "N!ggardly Basketball Association bickers over millions while rest of America is in Recession" during the NBA Lockout . n!ggardly has been used since the 14 century (before America was even settled by Europeans) and means "someone who is stingy or miserly with money."

In the end, I bear the guy who got fired no ill will (he seems genuinely contrite) and feel the matter is over. I'm personally more worried on how Jeremy Lin is going to fare against the Miami Heat, which are about as good a team as you can play right now. Even though they lost to the Mav last season, they look dominant right now. I just hope Lin rises to the occasion and plays well (note that this does not mean that the Knicks will win).
clem

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Feb 22, 2012
 
sam wrote:
<quoted text> a greaser? Isn't it Wop
With -out papers.
Chinese

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Feb 23, 2012
 
The term "Chink" when referring to a Chinese is very offensive and he deserved to be fired. Racism has no place in the NBA nor ESPN, two reputable organizations.
Real Talk

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Feb 24, 2012
 
Not surprise!!! America is known for it's devout racist scum bags packing its society!
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

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#13
Feb 24, 2012
 
Look, last night the way Lin played with all those t/os, he has "Chinks in his armour". He made one out of 11 shots and was as slow as a turtle. There is no racist overtone in what I said and what the ESPN guy said, it is part of the English language.
If you Chinese or Chinese sympathizers don't like it go back to where you came from, that includes you blacks who side with this foreign national.
Doug N Cover

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#14
Feb 24, 2012
 
Real Talk wrote:
Not surprise!!! America is known for it's devout racist scum bags packing its society!
Every country in the world has racists and scum bags. Try going to Europe, plenty of them there. Same goes for Asia.
five_david

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#15
Feb 29, 2012
 
Mr. Federico, How are you going to apologize to my ten year old Chinese son for using the racial slur "C" word?
Kids use that racial "C" word to hurt him. Even the kids at that age knows that word is hurtful.
Firing the writer is the only thing ESPN could do.
Everybody knows that the "C" word is offensive and is used to hurt Chinese- especially the Chinese Children.
He should be fire for being incompetent because he did not know that using the hurtful "C" word is a racial slur- after all he is a reporter right?

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