CNN reports ESPN has fired the employee responsible for writing an offensive headline about Asian-American NBA star Jeremy Lin. ESPN has also suspended an anchor who used the same ethnic slur, the sports network said Sunday.
The headline read "Chink in the Armor," referencing the New York Knicks' 89- 85 loss Friday night to the New Orleans Hornets that ended the team's season-high winning streak.
ESPN called both incidents "separate and different" in a statement regarding the comments on their website.
The statement on ESPN's website said "We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future."
When asked about the issue, Lin said he did not think the headline was intentional.
"I don't think it was on purpose," Lin said. "At the same time, they've apologized. I don't care anymore."