ESPN – “Chink in the Armor” Headline

Definition of chink used for hundreds of words an as exists in English language dictionaries – “A narrow opening or crack, typically one that admits light.” Duh, what bout the armor? In the days of knights they would concentrate on the opening or “weakness” in the armor in order to be successful in battle.

Anyone with a high school education would realize the headline was referring to a weakness in Lin’s game as in the 9 turnovers committed. Of course since most people are dumb they automatically assume that ESPN editor Anthony Federico was referring to Lin as a Chink, a derogatory term used in reference to Chinese people. If this were truly the case the headline would have read – “Chink Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnover Costs Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets” The differences in the headlines are quite obvious.

Federico is a fan of both Lin and the Knicks yet I’m to believe that he was using the term solely because Lin is Chinese? Nope, I’m not a fucking idiot. The suspended ESPN anchor, Max Bretos’ wife is Asian!! It’s sad that so many people are up in arms over a damn headline when the “target” Jeremy Lin had this to say; “You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think it was intentional.”

So Lin himself does not feel it was intentional yet a 28 year old man loses his job and possibly his career in trying to point out that Lin has a hole or weakness in his game. Perhaps people should spend less time watching reality television and pick up a damn dictionary.

2 thoughts on “ESPN – “Chink in the Armor” Headline

  • Ryan

    I don’t think people are automatically thinking he meant that Lin is a chink. I think people are automatically thinking that Anthony is a fucking moron for letting that phrase go through when he is supposed to be professional. Sports writers think they are funny and use stupid ass puns all the time, so what are we the readers supposed to think? Why defend him? He sucks at his job and he got fired end of story. Part of his job is to know what should be printed that doesn’t embarrass Espn.

  • KnowItAllKnowItAll Post author

    If people didn’t think he wasn’t calling Lin a chink then why did he get fired? The point is that the headline was not a pun. He referred to Lin as having holes in his game. Did it ever cross your mind that he may not have known that Chink is also a racial slur? Headlines using chink in the armor have been used often. It’s only an issue becuase Lin is Asian. That’s the point.

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