Fired ESPN Editor Anthony Federico Apologizes For Jeremy Lin “Chink In The Armor” Headline
Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks has become a social media sensation. Jeremy Lin did not receive any athletic scholarship out of high school and he was undrafted after graduating from Harvard University. But he was able to reach a partially guaranteed contract in 2010 with his hometown Golden State Warriors. After the first year, he was waived by the Warriors and Houston Rockets in the preseason, but he joined the Knicks in the 2011-2012 season. Lin is the first America player in the NBA to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.
After outscoring Kobe Bryant on February 10th, Lin started becoming more noticed by the media. The Associated press called Lin “the most surprising story in the NBA” and Time.com ran an article titled “It’s Official: Linsanity is for Real.” One of the least favorable press articles written about Lin was by ESPN editor Anthony Federico, whom used the headline “Chink in the Armor.” Federico has been fired since the article was published on ESPN’s mobile website for about half an hour before being removed.
Federico said that he did not mean any respect and was devastated once he realized what he had done.
“This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny,” Anthony Federico told the Daily News.
“I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.”
Federico, 28, said he understands why he was axed. “ESPN did what they had to do,” he said.
He said he has used the phrase “at least 100 times” in headlines over the years and thought nothing of it when he slapped it on the Lin story.
Federico called Lin one of his heroes – not just because he’s a big Knicks fan, but because he feels a kinship with a fellow “outspoken Christian.”
“My faith is my life,” he said. “I’d love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was an honest mistake.”
Federico’s article was highlighted by hundreds of other agencies and thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook wrote about how they were shocked to see the headline.
Before Federico could get an apology in, NBC’s Saturday Night Live was able to poke some fun at ESPN too. Check out the video below: