Developing story: The NBA G League is opening up an investigation into allegations of racist remarks made towards Jeremy Lin. Lin is currently on the roster of the Santa Cruz Warriors. According to Lin, players on opposing teams have called him “Coronavirus.”
The derogatory label is reminiscent of former President Donald Trump referring to COVID 19 as the “China virus.” Lin, who is not even from China, is apparently being targeted because he is Asian-American. Unfortunately, it appears that some players assume that all Asians look alike. This is unacceptable in 2021.
Jeremy Lin is of Taiwanese decent. Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China, but is not associated with the Communist regime of the People’s Republic of China (what we in American call, China).
Not only is the calling of Lin “Coronavirus” racist, it is also horribly misinformed. Since the COVID 19 pandemic started, Taiwan has only had 951 TOTAL cases and nine deaths as a result of the disease.
Jeremy Lin’s Career
Jeremey Lin is a nine-year NBA veteran who gained fame by leading an unexpected turnaround for the Knicks in 2011-2012. His quick rise in popularity led to a much more positive nickname: Linsanity.
A Harvard graduate, Lin has played for eight teams in his career. He won a championship with Toronto in 2018-2019.
Lin spent the 2019-2020 season in China with the Beijing Ducks. He averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.
Of what he is facing on the court this year, Lin had this to say on social media:
What This Means for the NBA
The NBA has been at the front of the social justice movement over the past year. Stars like LeBron James have spoken out against racism and oppression. The apparent fact that the league’s own developing players are using racist terms towards a fellow player is not a good look.
An additional frustration is that Jeremy Lin is one of the most likeable players in and around the association. He is Harvard educated, cultured, and charitable. No one deserves to be the target of racism, least of all Jeremy Lin.