Going on three weeks of the NBA, their fans and just sports fan’s in general being captivated by everything New York Knicks Asian-American point guard Jeremy Lin does in a game, it is pointless for me to try to quantify his achievements at this point.
There have been so many great pieces put together to help paint the picture of what this kid has done and continues to do, my words won’t do it justice.
I’m sure by now, most have learned that ESPNNEWS anchor, Max Bretos has been suspended and a writer for the world-wide leader in, sports, has been fired for using the phrase, ” chink in the armor” when discussing Jeremy Lin’s faults versus attributes over the weekend.
Max Bretos posted the following on twitter: “My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community. Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention, phrase was inappropriate in this context.”
I saw and heard Bretos on air. I don’t believe he meant it in the racial context many have taken it. However, that is not the point.
Not sure if Bretos writes his own material or he has people do that for him, but when talking about a player, such as Lin, you’ve got to be careful nowadays.
We’re not one week removed from discussing whether or not Jeremy Lin’s race has anything to do with his hype recently, versus that of what a guy, who had been cut by 2 different teams, the Rockets included, and had been one of the few that has turned misfortune into a sensational ride, that doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon.
I struggle with the actions taken by Bretos, the writer and ESPN.
I struggle with making my mind up because, I am well aware, and am sure many of you are as well, how sensitive people can be about racial issues.
This has to be, unfortunately, in the forefront of journalists minds for the reason that people can, do and will get upset if they hear something like the phrase uttered about Jeremy Lin this weekend.
Often times, headlines are much bigger, more creative and intriguing than the story itself. I don’t think the phrase, “chink in the armor” had intentional racial undertones when Bretos said it. Furthermore, it is impossible to know. It makes it more difficult to decipher intent when it was used in a headline as well, because you read it with the tone you choose to read it with. It’s not being read to you, therefore, it’s easier for you to take out of context.
ESPN did what it had to do I think in suspending Bretos for 30 days, maybe it was a bit much to fire the writer, Anthony Federico. They obviously know more about the situation than the rest of us, they can be a better judge of intent in this particular case.
I’d like to know from you sports fans…Is this a case of being too sensitive to race or did ESPN act accordingly?
I’d also like to know your thoughts on race and why it seems to overtake the real story at times? ( i.e. Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Jeremy Lin…just to name a few guys, who have recently been in the public eye for one thing or another, but also guys’ race that I feel have been called into question for one reason or another when discussing said players attributes, talents, misfortunes, transgressions etc)