The Brooklyn Nets found themselves having to apologize this weekend to one of their recently traded players.
Earlier this week, the Nets tweeted about a trip to China that players Spencer Dinwiddie and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as well as co-owner Joe Tsai took to participate in a charity basketball game. The Nets tagged all three in the post.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 7, 2018
The problem was that the charity game was put on by ex-Nets guard Jeremy Lin, who is of Chinese descent, as part of his “Hoops for Hope” program. The team’s failure to even mention Lin in the tweet drew criticism from many fans.
So sad that they cannot even mention @JLin7 name in this tweet! They are there for his charity game Hoops for Hope!
— #linstronginca#NeverDone(@linspiredinca) August 10, 2018
The team finally made it right on Sunday (albeit several days after the fact) by publicly apologizing for their snub of Lin.
Apologies for not calling out @JLin7 by handle. As you pointed out, our guys were in China to support Jeremy's philanthropic efforts there. We're thankful for him including our players/ownership; it was a great event.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 12, 2018
Though he only played in 37 total games for them due to injury, Lin was a member of the Nets for the last two seasons. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks last month in exchange for a number of draft assets.
While the omission was pretty glaring since it was Lin’s event to begin with, at least it wasn’t quite as bad as some of the other disrespect he has faced before.