The New York Knicks staked a claim on Jeremy Lin just after Christmas Day last year to be a backup behind Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby after an injury to guard Iman Shumpert. He made his season debut on the road against the Warriors. But then on January 17 he was reassigned to the Erie BayHawks of the D League. Three days later he had a triple double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists in the BayHawks’ victory over the Maine Red Claws. Three days later he was recalled by the Knicks.
On February 4, Jeremy Lin had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Knicks win over the New Jersey Nets. In the following game against the Utah Jazz, Jeremy Lin made his first career start and wound up with 28 points and 8 assists. In the game against the Washington Wizards, he had 23 points and 10 assists. On February 10, he scored 38 points and had 7 assists to lead the Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers. On February 11, he scored 20 points and had 8 assists in the Knicks win over the Minnesota Timberwolves putting put the Knicks back into contention for the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. All this comes as two key Knicks players out of the game. Amare Stoudemire was with his family following the death of his brother and Carmelo Anthony was on the bench due to injury.
The Associated Press said Mr. Lin was the most surprising story in the NBA. Bloomberg News wrote that he has already become the most famous Asian American NBA player. The TIME Magazine website ran an article titled, It’s Official: Linsanity Is for Real. Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson said that the he hadn’t seen the kind of excitement Jeremy Lin has caused in a long time. After the Knicks victory over the Lakers on Friday, Jason Whitlock used his Twitter account to write, Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight. It was a racist innuendo of the negative stereotype regarding the size of the typical Asian penis.
The sorry Mr. Whitlock made a sorry attempt of an explanation over the weekend. He said that he caved to the side of his personality that was immature, sophomoric, and comedic in nature. He went on to say that it has been with him since his birth and referred to it as a gift from my mother as well as his time as a child listening to his godmother’s Richard Pryor albums. While Mr. Whitlock might think himself an amateur comedian, he’s hardly funny resorting to lame, lazy attempts at humor with thoughtless racial stereotypes. He’d be better off doing some self deprecating comedy with a fart joke. Regardless of its size, at least Mr. Lin can see his dick without the help of a mirror. Lord knows with his stomach’s enhanced girth condition, Mr. Whitlock hasn’t been able to see the head of his own dick for a considerably long time, if he ever could.
Mr. Whitlock blames his love of comedy for his blatant racial prejudice. He obviously loves doughnuts but you don’t see him calling Jeremy Lin or anybody else a Krispy Kreme. The man’s a racist prick and this is just more confirmation of that fact.
The first time I heard of Jason Whitlock was when he became the go to guy for commentary regarding Don Imus’ firing for his racist and sexist remarks against the Rutgers University women’s basketball team which was predominantly black. In Mr. Whitlock’s esteemed opinion, the black community had bigger problems than some comments from some old white racist. The fact that the black community’s problems are directly related to our tolerance of racism against blacks in America was totally lost on this man. Mr. Whitlock gave me the impression that he would not have paid any attention to issues of racism unless it came in a box that said something like Dunkin Donuts on the side.
But the real issue wasn’t that the black community had bigger problems or that Don Imus was just an old white racist who just so happened to have a daily morning radio show with a huge following. I’ve learned that the real issue is that Jason Whitlock is just as racially intolerant as the next guy. Like Don Imus incapable of letting the women of Rutgers University enjoy their celebration for their championship achievement without a racist dig, Jason Whitlock couldn’t leave well enough alone for Jeremy Lin as he enjoys his own success. Hateful people just want to spread hate, no need for any provocation.
Asking Jason Whitlock for his two cents regarding racism or the impact of racism is like asking the grand dragon of the ku klux klan are white people overly critical about black people. Neither would have the personal character or integrity to acknowledge the ugliness of racism.
Instead of using Mr. Lin’s accomplishments to trash Asians with a totally inappropriate racial slam, a person of character would acknowledge that something great and incredible is happening. Whether he be black or white or something other, the achievements of Mr. Lin need to be given the attention it deserves. The fact that he is Asian is notable not because of the size of his anatomy but because it isn’t often that Asians draw the attention of the world while playing in the NBA. I join the rest of the people of the world to wish him well and that he will only get better.