Chink in The Armor Writer Gets Fired

ESPN writes “Chink in the Armor” in reference to Jeremy Lin and the recent Knicks loss and the writer gets fired. It was up 35 minutes. We know what year it is, what time it is, and ESPN is huge. People are watching that site every second in their newsroom. 35 minutes, and how many writers are sitting around reading it? They fire one single person over this and in the end, ESPN will soon be forgiven.

How stupid can they be? NBA and ESPN are associated, why isn’t the NBA stepping up with any kind of remark or sanction? AND you know… if it were a person of another color… they would. It’s still an uphill battle.



  1. Douglas
    19 February 12, 1:23pm

    The story is up for 35 minutes (keep in mind that is virtually no time), and the person who wrote it gets axed, I never heard about this until I came across this story. I don’t see the issue here, do you want to nail people to the wall just to put them there or do you want to nail the person who did it to the wall? Calling for more firings is ridiculous, as the guy responsible is already gone. Remember the term “chink in the armor” predates the racial slur, and its one that is often used in a situation where a great star has a bad day. There is a disconnect between it as a racial slur and it as term, its easy to forget it has a darker meaning, that’s what happened here the fact that he is gone is not something you usually see.

    As for why the NBA hasn’t made a remark or sanction: its always better not to drudge up negativity. The comment was insensitive and the writer lost his job, what good does it do for the league to have a formal statement basically saying “don’t do that again”?

    • Wayne
      19 February 12, 7:26pm

      This comment just shows how much ya’ll don’t “get it” – it’s exactly this type of thinking that enables racism. The fact is, people stereotype against Asians all the time (my gosh, imagine, nearly 2 billion people from the biggest continent on the globe, and we’re all the same!) and it’s just accepted. Perhaps academically there is a disconnect between the two phrases, but there should NOT be.

      I don’t think anyone would ever feel comfortable describing in the national media that, say, Derrick Rose played really good niggardly defense tonight, allowing the opposing point guard to shoot only 12% from the field.

      Just feels wrong, doesn’t it?

      So please, stop excusing poor behavior. The world is a better place if we all think about the things we say. Language is power. It’s about Asians started taking back some of that power.

  2. Jin
    19 February 12, 3:16pm

    Hey Douglas you racist piece of fuck, I’m fine with defending the fact that having only one person fired is enough. But to defend the obvious intention behind using that phrase on an article about Jeremy Lin ? Really ? it’s ok to use that phrase because it predates the slur ? what kinda excuse is that .

    This is 2012, and you are telling me a writer doing an article about the hottest chinese player on the world’s biggest sports network is completely oblivious to the controversial it would cause? seriously fuck you man, by your logic If i want to burn a woman alive for suspicion of sorcery its fine because at some point in the past it was encouraged by the law to do so. because it predates our modern sensibilities.

    • Douglas
      20 February 12, 10:02am

      I didn’t defend the use of the slur because the saying predates the slur, I didn’t defend its use at all. I was simply giving reasoning why the article would make the site in the first place (another reason it would slip through the cracks would be because it was posted at 3:00 AM), that is a common phrase in sports, so its not too difficult to forget it has a darker meaning (especially when said darker meaning only applies to nationality not typically dominating sports). I’m sure the writer knew exactly what he was doing the other writers (who’s heads this blog post was calling for), were probably split to people not thinking of the double meaning and those contacting either the writer or the network about the phrase.

      The blog poster seems to think that 35 minutes at 3 AM on the east coast is a long time and that many writers would have seen this and thought nothing of it, thus are culpable and should be disciplined. You mention a witch hunt, but fail to see that is exactly what this particular blog entry is calling for.

      Additionally, please read more carefully before you accuse me (or anyone for that matter) of being racist let alone doing so by using such language.

  3. HCK
    19 February 12, 4:50pm

    Interesting point @Douglas.

    But let’s look at it another way. What if it were a guy named Jer’miquille Lincoln instead of Jeremy Lin, and the headline was “Slipped up on a Watermelon Seed”?

    Would just one guy be let go and the NBA ignore it?

    • Douglas
      20 February 12, 10:17am

      The difference between those scenarios is that one is a saying, the other is attempting to find something racist to say for a headline. I’m not going to defend the use of the term, but I don’t see how the NBA publicly stating anything helps the scenario but keeping racism in the public eye for that much longer. What the writer said about Lin is racist but at least it is a common phrase in sports, inappropriate for the story given its double meaning but a common phrase nonetheless. “Slipped up on a Watermelon Seed” would simply be racist, and just plain poor journalism, as long as ESPN fired the writer of such nonsense and made it publicly known I don’t feel a need for the NBA to do any condemning.

      Its not like this is a regular thing with ESPN, if this becomes a regular occurrence then ESPN will have to do more than just fire the one(s) responsible, but until then there is no need to dredge things up anymore.

      That being said the NBA may actually respond to an offensive statement made about a black player, I think that is the wrong reaction (unless it is made by someone who has a history of doing so, not an isolated incident that has already dealt with by the media-conglomerate in charge of hundreds if not thousands of writers). I feel the same way if comments are made about white, Jewish, European, etc. players: publicly addressing an isolated incident as though it is an epidemic is not a good move in terms of race relations.

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