ESPN announced on Sunday that it has fired the writer responsible for the Chink in the armor headline during the Jeremy Lin coverage some 36 hours after the racially insensitive headline was seen. The network also offered an apology.
In what it calls a follow-up statement and action, ESPN wrote the following:
At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin.
Saturday we apologized for two references here. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York. The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action:
- The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed.
- The ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days.
- The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.
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.
ESPN.com's mobile Web site posted an offensive headline referencing Lin at around 2:30 a.m. ET last week. The headline was removed at 3:05 a.m. ET, according to ESPN. The network said it would conduct a complete review of its cross-platform editorial procedures and then determine appropriate disciplinary action so as to prevent it from happening again.
On Wednesday night, an ESPNEWS anchor used what ESPN described as an inappropriate word in asking a question about Lin.
You can watch the Chink in the armor comment in the video below: