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ESPN Mobile calls Knicks’ loss ‘Chink in the armor’ (Picture)

MSG had already toed the line of racism when they showed a picture (or fan’s sign) of Jeremy Lin’s face above a fortune cookie Wednesday. ESPN has gone clear past that line and straight into the offensive with the above headline seen on their mobile website late Friday/early Saturday (click twice to enlarge the image).

That’s right, some person either wasn’t thinking, or was trying to be blatantly racist, and called the Knicks’ 89-85 home loss to the Hornets a “Chink in the armor.”

Chink of course is a derogatory term for a Chinese or Asian person. Jeremy Lin is of Taiwanese descent, and the Knicks lost for the first time with him as their starting point guard.

There is no way around this headline. I checked ESPN’s website from my Android phone and saw it too. Someone is definitely going to be reprimanded for the horribly offensive headline. Not even Floyd Mayweather would have said something that offensive (at least we hope not).

Here’s another look at the headline as it appeared on an iPhone:

The headline was up on ESPN’s mobile website at least 10-15 minutes before it was updated. The new headline became “All Good Things …” but the same picture remained.

UPDATE: As expected, ESPN has issued an apology for the insensitive headline. You can read the statement they posted on their media website here.

Photos via Myles Brown


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  • http://thejaggernaut.com/ Shane Clemons

    I’d be absolutely stunned if someone actually published this to insult Lin. I’m sure it was just an oversight.

  • Anonymous

    I saw it too on my Android … shocking. Maybe an oversight, but who cares? They should have someone checking that! 

  • http://twitter.com/JamesWong_CEO James Wong

    I don’t believe this was an accident. Writers get paid for their great skill in words. The writer knew what he was doing.  This is blatant racism. I don’t say this lightly but he should get fired for writing something really stupid like that.

  • Kevin Dunseath

    There is zero chance this was an oversight.  

  • Anonymous

    What’s worse… they’ve done it before. With the US basketball team and the olympics in Chinahttp://www.faniq.com/blog/ESPN-Chink-In-The-Armor-Team-USA-Basketball-Headline-Blog-11274:

  • Alan Ritzert

    Please tell me none of you actually believe there was racist intent. This is a phrase that dates back to the 1400s, and essentially means “a weak spot”.

    Chink is also a term that, by itself, means “a narrow opening.”  You know, in terms of the above phrase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZQWNZJ3GD3NIJQOXO4CKCXJMUQ Keith

    Do we really expect high quality from ESPN? It’s just a bunch of Fraternity guys arm chair quarterbacking. Plus no one really monitors the ESPN mobile app department.

  • Anonymous

    Jason Whitlock thought it was funny.

  • Anonymous

    If it wasn’t racist why was it removed and why did ESPN issue an apology saying the headline was “offensive”? And don’t be so daft, I think everyone is aware of the literal meaning of the word and phrase. It’s racist because of the context in which it was used. Who the hell liked this comment?

  • Anonymous

    And you know, if people would have left it alone, so few would have viewed it. But now its going to explode in attention.

  • Kevin Dunseath

    It should explode into attention, prattguy.  As others have pointed out, the headline was ugly, mean-spirited and completely intentional. Shine the bright light and make the roaches scurry.    

  • sally henry

    Listen Alan, obviously your last name shows that you are not asian and don’t know how it feels when someone calls you an offensive racist name. There IS a SECOND meaning to that word. Just because it can be defined as something else, you cannot mask the fact that IT IS A RACIST WORD to the asian community.

  • http://twitter.com/Rotark john doe

    guys don’t hate on Alan, he might have autism so he doesn’t understand puns or double meanings

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUZPQDJUIUTICSVVSUZMOCLHUU Jordan

    you only say that because youre a chink too

  • Anonymous

    It was clearly intentional.  They’ve als removed the interview clip with Walt Frazier where Max Bretos used the same term on-air.  What is most disappointing was that the network responded to a complaint I registered with a cavalier denial, even though it was clearly used.  To have it followed up with another usage of the slur on their website is inexcusable.

    What is equally disturbing is that if you try to post a comment on an espn site that contains a slur – as I did on the video interview – the system instantaneously changes it to a mask of symbols (%$#*%) before it can get posted on the site.  Don’t know if it’s programmed or human intervention.  It’s a shame that the company can’t have the same oversight with their tone-deaf employees.

  • CQAussie

    Nice job ESPN. Amateurs.

  • CQAussie

    Racist pig.

  • http://twitter.com/enginey Eugene

    It doesn’t matter whether the intention was to insult whether it was just plain ignorance. The point is that the use of the word “Chink” is offensive. You, as head writer of a blog, should know that.

  • http://twitter.com/enginey Eugene

    oh jordan, what a priviliged life you lead.

  • http://twitter.com/enginey Eugene

    Alan, Many words have multiple meanings, but you must take into account the context and connotation of the word. This apparently eludes you. The word “n*gger” has other old meanings as well (“a hidden snag or hindrance”), but most of us civilized people choose not to use it. The same applies here. Ignorance is no excuse.

  • Anonymous

     And you’re an idiot who cannot spell.

  • Anonymous

     The argument that is “isn’t really racist” is an argument often used by racists to rationalize. I’m not saying that is what you are doing. But it is a commonplace.

    As in using the n word and hearing the argument, “Well they call themselves that so why can’t I?” If you don’t know the answer to that question, you may not be a racist. But you are, at the very least. condoning racism.

  • Anonymous

    This situation could end up being a pile of gook for ESPN.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/USEGUUPA2WCVK5CXNAZGI2H3ZQ Redwood Guy

    man, you don’t even deserve to grace Jordan’s precious name. you’re so clever!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/USEGUUPA2WCVK5CXNAZGI2H3ZQ Redwood Guy

    oh Alan, i love your rationalization! like many respondents below wrote, that word has another meaning too. civilized and educated adults are well aware of various words’ negative connotations, even if they have other legit ‘real’ meanings. you’re supposed to avoid potentially inflammatory words when you’re in the public eye.

    Alan, do you also use the word ‘gay’ when describing a happy situation? probably. great way to showcase how cultured you are, man!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/USEGUUPA2WCVK5CXNAZGI2H3ZQ Redwood Guy

    your not-so-subtle attempt at subtle racism is not appreciated, Kevin from Indi. you think no one knows what ‘gook’ means? wow, you’re smart.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/USEGUUPA2WCVK5CXNAZGI2H3ZQ Redwood Guy

    then prepared to be stunned, Shane. a PROFESSIONAL writer, someone who gets paid for a living to deal with words and their nuanced/subtle meanings, put that phrase up as a headline. that’s an accident from some uneducated country bumpkin who may not know any better. from a pro, it was every bit intentional. and insensitive. outright racist, actually.

  • http://thejaggernaut.com/ Shane Clemons

    I like to think the best of things, and yes, this was a big mistake. Until otherwise found, I have to believe it was a terrible oversight, but not necessarily intentional. I tend to like the reaction from Kelly Dwyer at Yahoo.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/whether-intentional-not-espn-since-deleted-headline-jeremy-192208429.html

    We’ll just agree to go ahead and aree to forget the “uneducated country bumkin” term. There are some of us that grew up between a cornfield and a soy bean field that are indeed educated such as myself. Just a though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1412209088 Ronald L. Huff

    ESPN had a whopping stupid moment.  But I’m tired of all these people who are so dammed “offended” by the least stupid remark.  Get over it; there are far more serious matters in this universe to take care of!!

  • Steve Iversen

    Jordan-Why is the world would you say something like that?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Jordan is the guy who wrote the headline in the 1st place…proving it wasn’t an accident.

  • Anonymous

    Espn sent an apology email to me directly which is verbatim to the editor’s note online. That is nice of them. They must have gotten reemed for it.
    The apology says the headline was posted at 2:30 am EST and was up until 3:05 am. 35 minutes. Now, I check epsn.com about as much as I do Facebook. I know they are constantly updating and changing their main headlines. To have that up there for 35 minutes is a relative eternity.
    And maybe they thought that at that hour of the night, not many would notice. But the “worldwide leader in sports” seems to have forgotten there are other time zones in the world and for people outside the US of A, this headline was posted when most of were wide awake.

  • Stephan Shubert

    This must either be a troll or you’re a dumb racist POS as well.

  • Stephan Shubert

    You’re a head writer and believe that this may be an oversight? Just wow……

  • http://www.jagsallday.com/ Shane Clemons

    Yes, I believe someone was using a common sports cliche without considering its other meanings. At least that’s my hope.

  • Anonymous

    Look up the word “racism” in the dictionary and call me in the morning.  Buy a humor pill, too.

  • sally henry

    Yes Ronald, to you it is a “least stupid remark” …but unfortunately these little stupid remarks can lead to serious problems such as hate crimes to which will lead to what you say “serious matters” in this universe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWJHB7QN26M4AA4OFOHRDCVYRE The Ghost

    Chink in the Armor refers to a weakness in an other wise perfect defense. He was trying to say that there is a weakness to Lin, and that the Knicks weren’t unbeatable with him in their starting lineup. The Chink in the Armor refers to Lin’s high turnover count. Not his race.
    To be honest, I had to look up the racial definition for “Chink”, as I had never heard it before. I had heard the expression “Chink in the Armor” several times before, but I didn’t know what all the hooplah was about when it came to it being racist. Why? Again, because it was the first time hearing it for me.
    Now, let us be honest again. If this were, say, Tebow, who’s lack of accuracy has lost him games before, the phrase “Chink in the Armor” would still very much apply. And Tebow is white. This smells to me like people were looking something, ANYTHING, to cry racist about. It happens a lot in today’s society. No, this was not used intentionally, as others believe it so. This is a professional news network. The only people making this racist are the ones crying racism. End of story.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWJHB7QN26M4AA4OFOHRDCVYRE The Ghost

    He was being sarcastic. 

  • Anonymous

    Ghost, the only person that really knows exactly what the writer’s intent was is the writer and possibly those he honestly confided in.  I’m not sure why you are so confident in your judgment that there was no racist intent, especially considering your admitted lack of knowledge or experience with this word.

  • http://profiles.google.com/uconndeltaz08 U Conn

    If ESPN had called a Hispanic player “Spic And Span”, or a White player
    “Honky Tonky”, or a black player “He played Niggardly” do you have ANY idea
    the firestorm it would cause? “Chink in the Armor” is the same derogatory
    like term for Asians. Anyone with common sense gets the intended pun.
    Shame on you ESPN and any Americans who think calling an American born
    Asian American a Chink is no big deal.