UPDATE: ESPN issued a follow-up statement to the headline fiasco.
The ESPN employee responsible for the Mobile headline has been dismissed and the ESPNEWS anchor who said the same phrase on TV has been suspended for 30 days.
The release goes on to say:
"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."
On Friday, ESPN posted the headline "Chink in the Armor" about the New York Knicks loss to the New Orleans Hornets with a giant picture of Jeremy Lin.
The racially-charged headline was taken down 45 minutes later, but its damage was done.
A writer for SBNations says, "I actually can’t believe this happened. Of all the dumb things to think up when adding a headline to a story about Jeremy Lin, ‘Chink In The Armor’ may just be the dumbest. And how does the person writing the headline not pause to think ‘Hey, we’re running this headline that contains a derogatory term for Asians along with a giant picture of Jeremy Lin?’ It’s not edgy or funny; it’s a ridiculously terrible mistake.”
“We are 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 apologize for this mistake.”
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