An offensive headline written on the mobile version of ESPN.com about New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has cost a writer his job (via New York Daily News). ESPNEWS anchor Max Bretos uttered the same phrase used in the mobile headline during an interview with Knicks legend Walt Frazier. Bretos has been suspended for 30 days by the network.
ESPN acknowledged the incidents and issued the following apology:
We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future. (via ESPN)
Jeremy Lin said he isn't focusing on the ESPN references.
"They've apologized and so from my end, I don't care anymore," Lin said, after dazzling the Garden by leading the Knicks to their eighth win in nine games.
"You have to learn to forgive, and I don't even think that was intentional." (via New York Daily News)