Well, someone’s getting fired. Last night ESPN published a racist headline about the New York Knicks’ new star Jeremy Lin. The mobile sports site used the headline “Chink in the Armor” last night referring to the Knicks loss against the Hornets.
The Long Island Press reports that the headline went up on ESPN’s mobile site at around 2 a.m. this morning and remained on the site for about 40 minutes until angry readers complained.
ESPN issued an apology this morning, saying:
“Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.”
Surprisingly, the late night “Chink in the Armor” headline isn’t the first time that the phrase has been used recently on ESPN. On Wednesday night, an ESPN anchor used the same phrase when asking how Lin could improve his game.
Here’s the video of the comment.
ESPN issued an apology after the remark was made, saying:
“Wednesday night on ESPNEWS, an anchor used an inappropriate word in asking a question about Jeremy Lin. ESPN apologizes for the incident, and is taking steps to avoid this in the future.”
Do you think ESPN is just making careless mistakes? Do you think the phrase “Chink in the armor” was humorous or racist?