Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports has gotten himself in hot water with a blatantly racist joke he made about New York Knicks phenom guard Jeremy Lin.
During Lin’s 38 point showing against the Los Angeles Lakers two nights ago Whitlock took advantage of the stereo type that Asian Men have smaller than average penis’, tweeting,
“Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple of inches of pain tonight.”
The Asian American Journalists Association immediately got online and demanded an apology from Whitlock for the joke which they considered in bad taste at best and racist at worst.
The AAJA posted to their Facebook page,
“[Whitlock's Tweet] doesn’t hold up to the conduct of responsible journalists, those in sports or otherwise, who adhere to standards of fairness, civility and good taste. Nor does it meet the standards of Fox Sports, with which you are associated. Outrage doesn’t begin to describe the reaction of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) to your unnecessary and demeaning tweet
Whitlock sent out an apology to Jeremy Lin and to the country’s Asian population.
He wrote wrote on FoxSports.com,
“I’ve cried watching Tiger Woods win a major golf championship. Jeremy Lin, for now, is the Tiger Woods of the NBA. I suspect Lin makes Asian Americans feel the way I feel when I watch Tiger play golf. I should’ve realized that Friday night when I watched Lin torch the Lakers. For Asian Americans and a lot of sports fans, his nationally televised 38-point outburst was the equivalent of Tiger’s first victory in The Masters. I got caught up in the excitement. I tweeted about what a great story Lin is and how he could rival Tim Tebow. I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature.”
Do you think the apology is enough for the racist joke of Jason Whitlock about Jeremy Lin?