The Walt Disney Co. network has issued an apology yesterday and also fired the employee responsible for a headline on the ESPN mobile site that used a phrase that could be construed as a racial slur. They also suspended ESPNews anchor Max Bretos for 30 days for using a similar comment while discussing Lin, who is the first Taiwanese- or Chinese-American to play in the NBA.
“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but they have apologized and so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said in a televised interview after the Knicks 104- 97 victory over defending NBA champion Dallas yesterday. “Have to learn to forgive and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”
ESPN apologized to Lin and said in a statement yesterday that his accomplishments are a “source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN.”
The network said the headline which read “Chink in the Armor” appeared early Sunday morning after the Knicks’ 89-85 loss to the New Orleans was removed 35 minutes after it was posted.