Everyone remembers Linsanity, right? That brief month back in February 2012 when Knicks PG Jeremy Lin ruled the sports world and was bigger than Tebow, LeBron, and Kobe combined? Although it was a little over a year and a half ago, it feels like it happened in another lifetime. Linsanity ultimately faded and the guard moved to the Houston Rockets, where he experiences much less fanfare on a nightly basis.
One of the lasting legacies of Linsanity was the trouble some media members stepped into trying to be cute and clever and instead using upsetting racial stereotypes. Jason Whitlock tweeted a terrible, terrible joke and was lucky to escape severe punishment. SportsCenter's Max Bretos used the phrase "chink in the armor" about Lin and was suspended. An ESPN editor was fired for using the same phrase in a headline. It was an ugly time for the sports media as they seemed incapable of respectfully handling a superstar figure of Asian descent.
With Lin travelling back to Madision Square Garden, surely ESPN learned their lesson and made it through the Rockets-Knicks highlight without an anchor having to come back on the air for a forced apology... right?