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Jeremy Lin Won’t Name Person Who Called Him ‘Coronavirus’

Jeremy Lin will not be naming the person who called him “coronavirus” while he was playing basketball.

The former NBA guard that now plays for the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors spoke out initially on Thursday via social media, and tweeted Saturday he’s “not naming or shaming anyone.”

“I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin tweeted Saturday. “What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.”

ESPN reports the G League is investigating the claim made by Lin.

Lin didn’t specify in the statement when it occured, and it is unclear if it was during a game in the G League bubble in Orlando, Florida, where Lin currently is playing, ESPN reports.

In a Thursday Instagram post, he detailed his thoughts on the racism he believes the Asian American community continues to deal with and offered examples of his own experiences.

“Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism,” he said on Thursday. “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court. Being a man of faith doesn’t mean I don’t fight for justice, for myself and for others.”

Lin became a household name in 2012 when he emerged as the breakout star of the New York Knicks, dubbed “Linsanity.”

He became the first Asian American to win an NBA title while playing for the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. If it was a black guy, it won’t matter because they get a pass (I refuse to use the term racist, calling someone a name is NOT racist, might be bigoted, or prejudiced, but not racist, I wish this fucking country would get things under control)

    • Not only don’t parents teach that, they clearly ignore two other lessons we used to learn by third grade:
      1. Life isn’t fair.
      2. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
      All the victimhood and all the racism to “cure” racism being shoved down our throats these days make that clear.
      Sounds like Lin is going snowflake over basic trash-talking. Grow a set.

  2. Lin is being such a bitch here. As someone who has played sports my entire life (still do) there is so much trash talk on courts, fields, rinks, etc. you get called so many names it isn’t even worth mentioning. The shit talk goes all ways, to and from every color.

  3. Notice it seems to be only the minorities whine and complain about this trivial stuff haven’t seen any white dudes cry he called me a bitch ass white boy or honkie or cracker etc they need to grow a thicker skin quit sounding like little boo hoo children.

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