Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Lin ‘Forgives’ ESPN, Asks Taiwanese Media to Back Off
NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin says he has no problem with ESPN.
The Taiwanese media?
That’s another matter.
“ESPN has apologized and I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever,” Lin said of ESPN’s online racial slur for which they subsequently apologized and fired the person responsible. “From my end I don’t care anymore. You have to learn to forgive. And I don’t even think that was intentional, or hopefully not.”
Lin made the comment after putting up 28 points and 14 assists as the Knicks beat the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, 104-97 at Madison Square Garden.
He also asked that the Taiwanese media back off from bothering his grandmother and family there.
“Obviously, I love my family, I love my relatives,” Lin said. “One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space because they can’t even go to work without being bombarded and people following them.
“And so I just want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan, and hopefully this will get back to everybody because they need to live their lives as well.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.