It is hard to find any justification for this headline. ESPN is in love with making funny puns on players but this is just inexcusable. If anyone is unaware, Chink is considered a racist term to describe someone of Asian decent. Yes, it is also contained in the phrase “Chink in the Armor” that people commonly say. However, someone with a literary background great enough to work at ESPN should be smarter than this. This marks the second time Lin has been the victim of racial comments since becoming the starter for the Knicks. Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports tweeted this shortly after the Knicks victory over the Lakers, “Some lucky lady in NYC is going to feel a couple of inches of pain tonight.” So for anyone keeping score at home that is 7 starts for Lin and 2 racist remarks. Whitlock apologized and blamed his immature personality. ESPN also offered an apology for the “mistake” and blamed their editorial procedure for the error. This may not be Timberwolves’ news or anything Minnesota related but I could not look past it. It is unfortunate that the reporters can hide behind such elementary excuses and face no retribution.
Update: This is not the first occurrence of this happening at ESPN. Just found video of the same phrase being used after the Knicks win against Sacramento. Have a look.