There’s a "Chink In the Armor" of Jeremy Lin…
ESPN had that headline up Saturday for only 35 minutes. They fired its author and suspended well-known personality Max Bretos for saying the following earlier live on the air: "If there is a chink in (Lin’s) armor, where can he improve his game?"
So is there a massive wave of racist hate towards Lin sweeping America? The answer is of course NO.
Lin’s Asian and very few Americans hate Asians.
Sure, he’s a minority and will always have some haters. If he were Latino, Jewish or a few other races, sure there’s always going to be some hate there. But these days, not so much.
The black pro athlete has that spotlight locked down today.
But Jeremy Lin is in the class by himself.
The guy’s on fire and until last night he had his team at 8-1, and beat world champs Dallas at home Sunday. By the way, Lin and crew lost to lowly New Jersey last night, though he had a decent game with 21 points.
In just two weeks Lin has shown he is a top player in the league, with all kinds of odd records for a short stint and scoring in the mid 20’s a game with 8-plus assists etc. Records for a first time starting guard in the NBA.
However its been just TWO WEEKS…
Yes, the guy is outstanding and will help make his team one of the best this season. Before Lin showed up, the Knicks were at best average, led by a wounded Carmelo Anthony who returns soon.
Suddenly the Knicks have joined Miami, Chicago, the LA Clippers, Dallas and Oklahoma City among the elite teams in the NBA. They replace the Lakers, Spurs and Boston…all aging teams falling from grace.
With Lin now the NBA is solid behind the NFL as the number two pro sport in the USA.
That’s right, ahead of baseball. TV numbers have soared.
So why the pretend hate towards Lin?
Because it makes for good media. He’s the real deal, a true Rocky. He’s a graduate of Harvard, where few athletes do well in the NBA. He’s Asian, and they usually are not hot shooting guards in the league.
Actual racist feelings remain for black pros who make millions, have little education and come from bad areas.
Murder, huge drug deals, dog torture, beating their wives….on and on. Many black athletes make millions each year and still can’t behave. So yeah, they bring out a lot of white people’s racist feelings.
Asians (outside of LA gangs) are not too caught up in big time crime. They don’t show up in the newspaper every day doing bad things. In fact, it’s rare. They’re also stereotyped as good citizens, well educated, strong in business and MATH..ha.
But we generally admire them – we don’t hate them.
Yes, I know about Vietnam and Korea, but that was a million years ago. Maybe Lin and others will set a good example for the rest of minority players in the NBA and NFL.
I hope so, but look who’s talking.