Back in February 2020, the Establishment Press was mostly worrying about the pandemic in terms of how it could lead to racism against Asians by Trump supporters. Now, during the Biden Era, with blacks being caught on video perhaps a little more often than normal attacking blacks (or it could just be randomness or it could just be that blacks have been exuberantly acting out violently more than usual toward everybody all during the Racial Reckoning), they are back to worrying about how Trump is at fault.
Lin, who is Taiwanese-American, said on social media that he had been called “coronavirus” on the court. He has been playing in the N.B.A.’s developmental league.
“Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” Lin wrote in a post on social media.
By Michael Levenson
Feb. 27, 2021, 12:05 a.m. ET
The N.B.A. G League said on Friday that it was investigating a report by Jeremy Lin, one of the best-known Asian-American players in basketball, that he had been called “coronavirus” on the court.
What race was this NBA trash-talker anyway?
Lin disclosed the slur in a Facebook post on Thursday in which he denounced the racism and discrimination faced by Asian-Americans. It was a prominent example of the rising tide of bigotry that many Asian-Americans say they have endured since last year, when former President Donald J. Trump began describing the coronavirus as the “China virus.”
… A former Harvard basketball player, Lin became a breakout sensation in the 2011-12 N.B.A. season when, as a relative unknown on the bench, he took over as a guard for the Knicks and tore through the league, prompting a wave of excitement that became known as “Linsanity.” He scored more points in his first five starts than any other player in nearly 40 years, peaking with 38 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
And then … he stopped being a sensation when his 7-game-long Hot Hand turned cold again, as I pointed out in my review of Michael Lewis’s biography of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. Tversky was famous for “disproving” the theory of the Hot Hand in the NBA. But I watched Lin’s 38-point game and thought it highly unlikely that he could keep up his hot hand that allowed him to sink absurd shots.
In his Facebook post on Thursday, Lin, 32, pointed to a generational shift among Asian-Americans.
“We are tired of being told that we don’t experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not make trouble,” he wrote. “We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where they’re REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told we’re inherently unattractive.”
Somebody, please touch my hair!