A columnist in the Fox Sports organization has apologized for a Twitter message last week that was apparently aimed at celebrating New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin but badly misfired, MediaBistro.com reports.
FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock issued the tweet Friday in response to a 38-point performance by Lin, an Asian-American, in the Knicks’ narrow victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to the report, Whitlock tweeted: "Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple of inches of pain tonight."
The tweet drew an angry response from the Asian American Journalists Association, which went on Facebook to express its concerns.
Addressing Whitlock, AAJA wrote: "Let’s start by saying that your tweet in the midst of the Jeremy Lin hoopla was inappropriate on so many levels. Certainly, it doesn’t hold up to the conduct of responsible journalists, those in sports or otherwise, who adhere to standards of fairness, civility and good taste. Nor does it meet the standards of Fox Sports, with which you are associated."
The post also says: “Let’s not pretend we don’t know to what you were referring. The attempt at humor — and we hope that is all it was — fell flat. It also exposed how some media companies fail to adequately monitor the antics of their high-profile representatives. Standards need to be applied — by you and by Fox Sports.”
The association went on to ask Whitlock for an apology.
Whitlock complied on Sunday. On FoxSports.com, he posted in part: "The couple-inches-of-pain tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too. As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry."
Whitlock indicated he is among those who are excited about the emergence of Lin in the NBA, but he “gave in” to his own “immature, sophomoric, comedic nature.”