US TV station in race row

2012-02-19 13:47

New York - The cable television sports network ESPN has apologised for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

ESPN ran the headline "Chink in the Armour" after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night on its mobile website that could be seen on phones and tablet computers.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated sports fans with unexpected dominance on the court that sparked a seven-game winning streak.

ESPN says in a statement on Saturday it removed the headline 35 minutes after it was posted. The cable network says it is "conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologise for this mistake."

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  • Ian - 2012-02-19 14:46

    Pathetic. It's really quite clever. Have they lost all sense of humour?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-19 15:16

      I agree.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-19 15:05


  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2012-02-19 15:12

    Cleaver wordplay. Funny. People are way too sensitive. If its meant in a bad way, even "fairy" could be considered derogatory.I'm a dutchman, my friends call me dutchman, I have black friends since varsity I call k*ff*r, a coloured mate we called hotn*t, an indian we called c**lie and a german dude we called hitler. We did this to prove we more than labels. Stories like this almost depresses me...

      Blane - 2012-02-19 15:26

      And Im called soutie , engelsman rooinek etc It means absolutely nothing to me , I dont go running to the press seeking 15 minutes of fame .

      Glyn - 2012-02-19 17:37

      I have been called names by experts! You cannot compete, I refuse to be insulted!

  • Julie - 2012-02-19 15:28

    People have become over sensitive!

  • Glyn - 2012-02-19 16:05

    Only those who want to be insulted are insulted! If you told a Jewish joke I would not be insulted! And not many Jews would be either, they tell the best jokes!

      Ever - 2012-02-19 16:59

      Agreed! One of my favourite one-liner jokes which pokes fun at Jews was told to me by a Jew-and it was one of his favourites too. I can still see the twinkle in his eye when he repeated it. (I would post it here but the PC police would be knocking at my door...)

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-19 17:08

      Imagine the outcry if they headlines an article about an African American with N****r in the Woodpile. There would be seven kinds of trouble.

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