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ESPN Fires Staffer for Racist “Chink in the Armor” Jeremy Lin Headline

ESPN takes action and fires the “Chink in the Armor” headline writer. The headline appeared late Friday night under a photo of kickass NY Knick Jeremy Lin.  So hopefully Linsanity can continue without foolishness and we can go three days without yet another blatantly racist Jeremy Lin related reference — but stay tuned.  I’m sure they thought they were just so funny and witty back in the newsroom.  This was first reported by media reporter and blogger Bill Romenesko.  But now, ESPN takes quick action — their statement:

Saturday we apologized for two references here. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York.

Follow-up statement and action

At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin.

Saturday we apologized for two references here. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York. The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action:

  • The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed.
  • The ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days.
  • The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.

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.

(Statement also appears on ESPN’s MediaZone) and at ESPN.com