ESPN has fired the employee responsible for the questionable headline concerning New York Knick's point guard Jeremy Lin and also suspended an anchor who uttered the same words, according to an article on CNN.com.
The headline read "Chink in the Armor," after the Knicks lost their first game since Lin had been inserted into Mike D'antoni's starting lineup and took the city and the nation by storm.
The problem with the headline was that it could be construed as having 2 completely different meanings.
The headline was up for over a half-an-hour on Saturday morning before ESPN took it down. The network immediately apologized and issued a statement that they were "engaged in further review."
It additionally apologized for a question ESPN anchor Max Bretos posed last Wednesday night: "If there is a chink in the armor, where can Lin improve his game?"
A third reference was made on ESPN Radio New York on Friday.
ESPN maintains that the incidents are separate and distinct from one another and said that "[w]e have engaged in a thorough review of all three."
Yet, the ever calm and cool Lin was left unfettered and undeterred. When asked about the controversial headline Lin said that he believed that it was unintentional.
"We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin," ESPN said. "His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN.
The controversy created by this headline would have never have received even one-second of air time if Jeremy Lin was not an Asian-American. But, the problem for ESPN and its now canned employee is that he is.
It is hard to say whether the statement was an intentional. Nonetheless, it was careless and it is surprising that no one amongst ESPN's editorial staff noticed the context in which the phrase was presented before publicizing it world-wide.
I think it probably was a mistake. But, mistake or not it cost ESPN some bad publicity and accordingly stripped one employee of a job. I'm sure the editorial staff at ESPN will be on a tighter watch in the foregoing weeks to prevent similar instances from occurring in the near future.
What do you think?
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