ESPN takes Linsanity to a new low [UPDATE]2/19/2012
It's one thing to run out of inventive plays on Jeremy Lin's name, but it's another altogether to just be cluelessly repugnant. Someone at ESPN probably knows that, but stunningly not everyone, as Lin's nine-turnover effort in a loss to New Orleans on Friday night prompted a "Chink In The Armor" headline to appear on its mobile web site that skipped tasteless and moved straight to racially offensive. But since the same headline ran a few years ago when Team USA prepared to face Spain in the 2008 Olympics -- which someone at ESPN apparently forgot was being staged in China -- the network appears to be going for the standard apology.
The writer who slapped the headline on ESPN's mobile web site has been fired, and ESPNEWS anchor Max Bretos has been suspended 30 days for using the same phrase while asking a question on air. As this Tweet from Bretos suggests, his was likely a split-second utterance of an -- in this case -- unfortunate cliché.
Is ESPN's apology sufficient?