Santa Cruz Warriors player and the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the National Basketball Association, Jeremy Lin alleged that he was addressed as “Coronavirus” on the court which was meant as a racial slur. An investigation into the matter is currently underway.
Lin took to popular social media site Facebook to talk about how racism and the Covid-19 pandemic have negatively impacted him.
“Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism. Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called “coronavirus” on the court.”
While Lin didn’t detail where or when the incident occurred, Steve Kerr, the head coach of Santa Cruz’s NBA affiliate the Golden State Warriors, said that he would like a thorough investigation into Lin’s complaint.
“I applaud Jeremy for his words and echo his sentiments regarding racism against the Asian American community, It’s just so ridiculous and obviously spawned by many people, including our former president, as it relates to the coronavirus originating in China. It’s just shocking.”
Jeremy Lin, however, is more focused on big picture, that is, highlighting Asian American racism rather than participating in the investigation of a one-off incident. We applaud his bravado.