ESPN Fires Writer Over Offensive Jeremy Lin Headline

Feb 21, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ESPN has fired the overnight headline writer who wrote a headline about Knicks player Jeremy Lin that included the phrase "chink in the armor," reports the New York Daily News.

Additionally, ESPN suspended anchor Max Bretos for using the same phrase, the story notes. “If there is a chink in the armor, where can he improve his game?” Bretos said on Wednesday, with the comment going unnoticed at the time, the piece adds. The anchor didn’t appear to be making a pun, the story says.

On Saturday, the phrase was used again in a headline on ESPN that read: "Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets," the story says.

The headline writer said it was an "honest mistake," according to a separate story in the NY Daily News. "This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny," said Anthony Federico, who was fired on Sunday.

Lin said he was moving on, according to the piece. "They’ve apologized and so from my end, I don’t care anymore," Lin said. “You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional."

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