NBA player Jeremy Lin says he won’t name and shame any offenders after revealing that he’d been called “coronavirus” while playing.
Lin, currently playing for Golden State’s G-League affiliate – the Santa Cruz Warriors – made the revelation in an Instagram post denouncing racism against people of Asian heritage.
Amid the post, he wrote: “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court.” The G-League is investigating the claim.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was horrified by the revelation from Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent.
“It’s just shocking,” Kerr said. “I can’t wrap my head around any of it. But I can’t wrap my head around racism in general.”
While Lin’s revelation sparked massive reaction, he said that he would not name the culprit(s).
“I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin wrote in a subsequent Instagram post.
“What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.
“Fighting ignorance with ignorance will get us nowhere. Sharing our own pain by painting another group of people with stereotypes is NOT the way.
“Instead, if you want to truly help, look for the Asian kid that has no one to speak up for him when he’s bullied. Look for the Asian American groups that are experiencing poverty but getting overlooked.
“Support the Asian American movie or TV show that gives real opportunity to tell different stories. Look for the Asian people that are scared to walk around in their neighborhood and ask how you can help them.
“Listen to the voices that are teaching us how to be anti-racist towards ALL people. Hear others stories, expand your perspective, stop comparing experiences. I believe this generation can be different. But we will need empathy and solidarity to get us there.”
Lin, 32, reached the NBA in 2010. He began his career at Golden State, before an incredible run with the New York Knicks in 2011-12 sparked the ‘Linsanity’ phenomenon. However, he was with the Knicks for just 35 games before signing with Houston as a restricted free agent.
The guard has played 480 NBA games and last played in the league with Toronto during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 11.6 points per game.
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