Former Toronto Raptor Guard Speaks Out on Racism Against Asians
The fight to end racism is an ongoing one.
Earlier in the week, Jeremy Lin claimed he was called “coronavirus” during a game inside of the NBA G League bubble in Orlando. While league officials are investigating the claim. Lin refuses to name or shame any player.
“I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin tweeted on Saturday morning. “What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.”
"Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn't protect me from being called 'coronavirus' on the court."
Jeremy Lin detailed the racism that he and other Asian Americans have experienced. #StopAsianHate
— ESPN (@espn) February 26, 2021
Lin became the first American-born NBA player of Chinese descent to ever play in the NBA. The Harvard alum and nine-year veteran would go onto win an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors. Racism is surely not something Lin is new to, but he, like many other athletes continue to speak out on the matter – and rightfully so.
“When I experienced racism in the Ivy League, it was my assistant coach Kenny Blakeney that talked me through it,” Lin tweeted Saturday. “He shared with me his own experiences as a Black man — stories of racism I couldn’t begin to comprehend. Stories of being called the n-word and having things thrown at him from cars. He drew from his experiences with identity to teach me how to stay strong in mine. He was also the first person to tell me I was an NBA player as a sophomore at Harvard. I thought he was crazy.”
Through five games, Lin is averaging 19.6 points per game for Santa Cruz.