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When an ESPN editor wrote the “c—k in the armor” headline to describe an off outing by then-New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, in 2012, that was only one of the many times Lin has been called the racial slur during his basketball career.
On Wednesday, Lin sat down with Nets teammate Randy Foye on the latter’s Outside Shot with Randy Foye podcast to discuss the racism he faced at his alma mater, Harvard, from 2006 to 2010:
“The worst was at Cornell, when I was being called a c—k,” the Brooklyn Nets point guard said. “That’s when it happened. I don’t know … that game, I ended up playing terrible and getting a couple of charges and doing real out-of-character stuff. My teammate told my coaches [that] they were calling Jeremy a c—k the whole first half. I didn’t say anything, because when that stuff happens, I kind of just, I go and bottle up — where I go into turtle mode and don’t say anything and just internalize everything.”
Fans at Georgetown also made the list of places where Lin experienced racial slurs, with a fan yelling out, “Chicken fried rice,” “Beef lo mein” and “Beef and broccoli.” While visiting Yale, Lin was teased about his eyes.
“They were like, ‘Hey! Can you even see the scoreboard with those eyes?’ ” Lin recalled.
Then there was the time someone called him “Oriental”:
“In Vermont — I remember, because I had my hands up while the Vermont player was shooting free throws — their coach was like, ‘Hey, ref! You can’t let that Oriental do that!’ I was like, what is going on here? I have been called a c—k by players in front of the refs; the refs heard it, because they were yelling it [like,] ‘Yeah, get that out, c—k!’ And the ref heard it, looked at both of us and didn’t do anything.
“It’s crazy. My teammate started yelling at the ref, ‘You just heard it, it was impossible for you not to hear that. How could you not do something?’ And the ref just pretended like nothing happened. That was when I was like, yo, this [kind of racism and prejudice] is a beast. So when I got to the NBA, I thought this is going to be way worse. But it is way better. Everybody is way more under control.”
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— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 10, 2017
Protests and boos meet Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman. https://t.co/KXhfklgpkN
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) May 10, 2017
DeVos announces that she'll be visiting Mary McLeod Bethune's home and gravesite. It didn't go over well. #BethuneCookman pic.twitter.com/VLLxsiPvLk
— Maya A. Jones (@MJay615) May 10, 2017
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— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 10, 2017
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— Patrick Quaife (@pquaife) May 10, 2017
Betsy Devos is the living embodiment of the obstacles those kids at an HBCU had to overcome to receive their degree.
— B.I.G.K.E.V. (@indiKEV) May 10, 2017
Many in Bethune Cookman University graduating class turning their #BackstoBetsy Davos during commencement speech @NBCBLK pic.twitter.com/tUQTvW7ZxH
— Mariana_Atencio (@marianaatencio) May 10, 2017
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— Stacey Patton (@DrStaceyPatton) May 10, 2017
Holy cow, #bethunecookman dean interrupts DeVos speech, threatens students "your degrees will be mailed to you!" They persist! pic.twitter.com/nkcqZrbXJ0
— Xtopher Go Bragh (@tommyxtopher) May 10, 2017
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