Lin, whose feel-good rise to stardom in the last week has captivated hoops fans, is Asian. After he dropped 38 points on the Lakers Friday, Whitlock tweeted “Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight.”
That brought condemnation from the Asian-American Journalists Association, which sent a letter to Whitlock (as well as Jim Romenesko), demanding an apology.
Certainly, it doesn’t hold up to the conduct of responsible journalists, those in sports or otherwise, who adhere to standards of fairness, civility and good taste. Nor does it meet the standards of Fox Sports, with which you are associated.
Outrage doesn’t begin to describe the reaction of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) to your unnecessary and demeaning tweet of Feb. 10.
Whitlock apologized, saying he’s excited for Lin.
I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It’s been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother’s Richard Pryor albums. I still want to be a standup comedian.
The couple-inches-of-pain tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too. As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry.