Jeremy Lin performance inspires racist tweet from Jason Whitlock

The good, the bad and the ugly side of Linsanity

2/11/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

If you've been paying any attention to the NBA over the past week or so, you know that Jeremy Lin just came out of nowhere and is carrying the Knicks on his back in the absence of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. It's becoming the talk of the NBA, and it's taking on many forms.

The Good:
Jeremy Lin himself IS the good. Tonight, he scored a career high 38 points against the Lakers, and led the Knicks to a 92-85 win. Before the game, Kobe Bryant said he didn't know who Lin was, when he was asked about him. I'm sure Kobe got a little more familiar with him tonight. In their previous game, a 107-93 win over the Wizards, Lin had 23 points and 10 assists. In two games before that, he scored 25 and 28 points.

In case you need help with the math, that's 114 points in 4 games. That's from an undrafted free agent out of Harvard who previously had 108 points in his entire NBA career.

Lin is absolutely killing it for the Knicks right now, and making the most out out his opportunity while the Knicks' superstars are out. Through his first 3 actual starts, he scored 89 points. That's the most ANY player has scored in his first 3 starts since the NBA/ABA merger, according to ESPN.

The Bad:
It's not a huge deal yet, but people are already hyping him up a little too much. "Linsanity" is already starting to look like Tebowmania.

In Lin's defense, he has nothing to do with it. Just like Tebow had nothing to do with the media's ridiculous reaction to him. Also, Lin is actually playing extremely well, unlike Tebow. But still, once the mainstream media gets attached to him, they'll talk about him ad nauseam, everyone will get sick of him, and we won't be able to just appreciate what he's doing on the court.

Of course, that could chance when Melo and Amare come back, so we'll see.

The Ugly:
Not surprisingly, when someone shows up in the NBA who doesn't look like most players in the league, people notice. We've seen a few Asian big men in the league, like Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian. Asian point guards, however, are a new thing in the NBA. 100% Injury Rate, whom some of you might remember, pointed this out on Twitter, from notorious race-baiter Jason Whitlock.


Whitlock tweeted this immediately after the game, as Twitter was blowing up about Lin's performance. I'm sure he'll deny it later, but it was an obvious reference to Lin, and the negative stereotypes about Asian men.

As someone who has made a living providing commentary about various issues of race and ethnicity in sports, Whitlock should know better than to tweet something like this. Quite frankly, he should be fired. As far as writers go, he's a complete hack. This comment is more proof of that, and also proof that he is too irresponsible enough to be employed by a company like FOX Sports.

Perhaps someday, Americans will be able to look at stories like this and appreciate them for what they are, instead of blowing it out of proportion, or resorting to blatant racism like Whitlock. Maybe someday.
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2/18/12   |   imgoingtovegas2

The J-Lin Show.com and Lin-Sinatra.com ....now here are two very good domain names! Check them out on ebay!;-)

2/17/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

bretcarr2001 wrote:
QUIT WHINING....JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE THINKS A CERTAIN WAY ABOUT YOU DOESN'T MEAN THAT WHAT THEY THINK IS TRUE....IF SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE YOU...THAT'S THEIR RIGHT NOT TO LIKE YOU...IT'S NOBODY'S DUTY TO LIKE YOU...EVERY PERSON YOU RUN ACROSS IS NOT GOING TO LIKE YOU...THAT'S REALITY...QUIT WHINING AND QUIT TRYING TO CONTROL PEOPLE...PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO THINK HOWEVER THEY SEE FIT...AS LONG AS THEY DON'T INFLICT PHYSICAL HARM, THEY CAN THINK AND FEEL WHATEVER THEY DAMN WELL LIKE..IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT...GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND FIND OTHER PEOPLE WHO DO LIKE YOU...IF SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE...DON'T GET ANGRY...JUST SIMPLY IGNORE THEM...STOP FEEDING INTO THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE....CALMNESS IS POWER....KEEPING COOL IS POWER...A TOUGH PERSON DOESN'T GET RATTLED AND AFFECTED BECAUSE SOMEONE CALLED THEM A NAME...IF A BULLY CALLS YOU A NAME AND HE SEES YOUR NOT AFFECTED BY IT...GUESS WHAT...THAT BULLY IS GOING TO GET FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOUR NOT SWEATING HIM....THAT'S CALLED BEING MENTALLY TOUGH....YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY A MENTALLY WEAK WHINY CRYBABY...HOW CAN YOU AS A BIG, STRONG, BLACK MAN ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE PUNKED BY SOMEONE ELSE'S WORDS....YOUR ANCESTORS BUILT PYRAMIDS, INVENTED WRITING, SCIENCE, AND MATHEMATICS...BLACK PEOPLE WENT FROM KINGS OF THE WORLD TO WHINY ASS SLAVES GETTING PUNKED BY OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS...WORD OF ADVICE...TOUGHEN UP. QUIT WHINING, AND STOP READING THE WHITE MAN';S PROPAGANDA

Do me a favor...go to a gun & knife show, buy yourself a samauri sword, then go home, go in your bedroom, and fornicate yourself with it. Thank you.

2/17/12   |   eddichau

bretcarr2001 wrote:
QUIT WHINING....JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE THINKS A CERTAIN WAY ABOUT YOU DOESN'T MEAN THAT WHAT THEY THINK IS TRUE....IF SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE YOU...THAT'S THEIR RIGHT NOT TO LIKE YOU...IT'S NOBODY'S DUTY TO LIKE YOU...EVERY PERSON YOU RUN ACROSS IS NOT GOING TO LIKE YOU...THAT'S REALITY...QUIT WHINING AND QUIT TRYING TO CONTROL PEOPLE...PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO THINK HOWEVER THEY SEE FIT...AS LONG AS THEY DON'T INFLICT PHYSICAL HARM, THEY CAN THINK AND FEEL WHATEVER THEY DAMN WELL LIKE..IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT...GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND FIND OTHER PEOPLE WHO DO LIKE YOU...IF SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE...DON'T GET ANGRY...JUST SIMPLY IGNORE THEM...STOP FEEDING INTO THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE....CALMNESS IS POWER....KEEPING COOL IS POWER...A TOUGH PERSON DOESN'T GET RATTLED AND AFFECTED BECAUSE SOMEONE CALLED THEM A NAME...IF A BULLY CALLS YOU A NAME AND HE SEES YOUR NOT AFFECTED BY IT...GUESS WHAT...THAT BULLY IS GOING TO GET FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOUR NOT SWEATING HIM....THAT'S CALLED BEING MENTALLY TOUGH....YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY A MENTALLY WEAK WHINY CRYBABY...HOW CAN YOU AS A BIG, STRONG, BLACK MAN ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE PUNKED BY SOMEONE ELSE'S WORDS....YOUR ANCESTORS BUILT PYRAMIDS, INVENTED WRITING, SCIENCE, AND MATHEMATICS...BLACK PEOPLE WENT FROM KINGS OF THE WORLD TO WHINY ASS SLAVES GETTING PUNKED BY OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS...WORD OF ADVICE...TOUGHEN UP. QUIT WHINING, AND STOP READING THE WHITE MAN';S PROPAGANDA

This is bullshit man. If I abuse someone at work, and I call him name day after day, if he complains that his fault because he's not tough enough? Why even stop there, why don't we allow violence, and if you get kill that's because you are not strong enough. Does that match your ideal society?

2/14/12   |   bretcarr2001   |   1 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
First of all, no all "racial jokes" aren't 'funny as hell". They're not "jokes" at all, but perpetuation of stereotypes of different ethnic groups.  Stereotypes arent a laughing matter.  As a black man, I didn't laugh when I got harrassed by police officers because I was "on the wrong side of town" and these alleged "racial jokes" that you find so hilarious made them assume that I was in the neighborhood to commit armed robbery, traffic drugs, or assault.  These "racial jokes" are just a sign of a much larger problem in our society as a whole.  Here we sit in 2012 and people are still prejudged based on their ethnic background, which they have no choice over.

QUIT WHINING....JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE THINKS A CERTAIN WAY ABOUT YOU DOESN'T MEAN THAT WHAT THEY THINK IS TRUE....IF SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE YOU...THAT'S THEIR RIGHT NOT TO LIKE YOU...IT'S NOBODY'S DUTY TO LIKE YOU...EVERY PERSON YOU RUN ACROSS IS NOT GOING TO LIKE YOU...THAT'S REALITY...QUIT WHINING AND QUIT TRYING TO CONTROL PEOPLE...PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO THINK HOWEVER THEY SEE FIT...AS LONG AS THEY DON'T INFLICT PHYSICAL HARM, THEY CAN THINK AND FEEL WHATEVER THEY DAMN WELL LIKE..IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT...GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND FIND OTHER PEOPLE WHO DO LIKE YOU...IF SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE...DON'T GET ANGRY...JUST SIMPLY IGNORE THEM...STOP FEEDING INTO THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE....CALMNESS IS POWER....KEEPING COOL IS POWER...A TOUGH PERSON DOESN'T GET RATTLED AND AFFECTED BECAUSE SOMEONE CALLED THEM A NAME...IF A BULLY CALLS YOU A NAME AND HE SEES YOUR NOT AFFECTED BY IT...GUESS WHAT...THAT BULLY IS GOING TO GET FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOUR NOT SWEATING HIM....THAT'S CALLED BEING MENTALLY TOUGH....YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY A MENTALLY WEAK WHINY CRYBABY...HOW CAN YOU AS A BIG, STRONG, BLACK MAN ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE PUNKED BY SOMEONE ELSE'S WORDS....YOUR ANCESTORS BUILT PYRAMIDS, INVENTED WRITING, SCIENCE, AND MATHEMATICS...BLACK PEOPLE WENT FROM KINGS OF THE WORLD TO WHINY ASS SLAVES GETTING PUNKED BY OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS...WORD OF ADVICE...TOUGHEN UP. QUIT WHINING, AND STOP READING THE WHITE MAN';S PROPAGANDA

2/14/12   |   bretcarr2001   |   1 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
First of all, no all "racial jokes" aren't 'funny as hell". They're not "jokes" at all, but perpetuation of stereotypes of different ethnic groups.  Stereotypes arent a laughing matter.  As a black man, I didn't laugh when I got harrassed by police officers because I was "on the wrong side of town" and these alleged "racial jokes" that you find so hilarious made them assume that I was in the neighborhood to commit armed robbery, traffic drugs, or assault.  These "racial jokes" are just a sign of a much larger problem in our society as a whole.  Here we sit in 2012 and people are still prejudged based on their ethnic background, which they have no choice over.

SHOW ONE CASE WHERE SOMEONE'S WORDS WAS THE CAUSE OF SOMEONE BREAKING THEIR ARM...SHOW ME ONE CASE WHERE SOMEONE ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR....YOU CAN'T....LIKE I SAID...PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A WEAK, ANAL, WHINING, CRYBABY....WAAAAAAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAAA  WAAAAAAAAAAA YOU CALLED ME A NAME....WAAAAAAAAAAAA....WAAAAAAAAAAAA....DO ME A FAVOR...SHUT UP AND QUIT WHINING!!

2/14/12   |   bretcarr2001   |   1 respect

XERXUS wrote:
You probably never been on the receiving end of the abuse it causes or seen the effect of the victims it creates in all races so yes you would think its funny and yes you would say people in America are weak sensitive and sad enough they're more people that think like you

SHOW ONE CASE WHERE SOMEONE'S WORDS WAS THE CAUSE OF SOMEONE BREAKING THEIR ARM...SHOW ME ONE CASE WHERE SOMEONE ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR....YOU CAN'T....LIKE I SAID...PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A WEAK, ANAL, WHINING, CRYBABY....WAAAAAAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAAA  WAAAAAAAAAAA YOU CALLED ME A NAME....WAAAAAAAAAAAA....WAAAAAAAAAAAA....DO ME A FAVOR...SHUT UP AND QUIT WHINING!!

2/14/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

bretcarr2001 wrote:
JASON WHITLOCK IS FUNNY AS HELL...ALL RACIAL JOKES ARE FUNNY AS HELL...I THINK AMERICA IS A COUNTRY FULL OF WEAK, SENSITIVE, WHINY, PETTY, ANAL, WUSSIES....FREEDOM OF SPEECH INCLUDES HEARING THINGS YOU'RE NOT GOING TO LIKE...JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO BECOME UNGLUED AS IF THIS GUY CRACKED YOU UPSIDE YOUR SKULL WITH A CHAIR...STICKS AND STONES BREAK BONES WORDS ONLY HAVE THE POWER YOU GIVE THEM....AMERICA TOUGHEN UP AND QUIT WHINING!!


MICHAEL JORDAN JOKE....MICHAEL JORDAN MATCHED UP WITH SO MANY CUPCAKES THAT HE'D MISTAKEN HIS SHAVING CREAM FOR CREAM FILLING.....MICHAEL JORDAN=OVERRATED

WATCH.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpxrMx-Ggps

First of all, no all "racial jokes" aren't 'funny as hell". They're not "jokes" at all, but perpetuation of stereotypes of different ethnic groups.  Stereotypes arent a laughing matter.  As a black man, I didn't laugh when I got harrassed by police officers because I was "on the wrong side of town" and these alleged "racial jokes" that you find so hilarious made them assume that I was in the neighborhood to commit armed robbery, traffic drugs, or assault.  These "racial jokes" are just a sign of a much larger problem in our society as a whole.  Here we sit in 2012 and people are still prejudged based on their ethnic background, which they have no choice over.

2/14/12   |   XERXUS   |   8348 respect

You probably never been on the receiving end of the abuse it causes or seen the effect of the victims it creates in all races so yes you would think its funny and yes you would say people in America are weak sensitive and sad enough they're more people that think like you

2/14/12   |   bretcarr2001   |   1 respect

derms33 wrote:
 He remains employed because he pi$$es everyone off..the media loves controversy, and that idiot creates it virtually every time he "writes" something...and I am guessing he shouldn't be allowed to tweet

STOP MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT WHITLOCK'S COMMENTS AND THEY WON'T GET AIRED...IF YOU PEOPLE ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO RESPOND IT MEANS IT'S GOT YOUR ATTENTION...STOP BEING AFFECTED BY PETTY GARBAGE LIKE JASON WHITLOCK'S COMMENTS...WHITLOCK'S COMMENTS ARE JUST THAT....C-O-M-M-E-N-T-S....WHITLOCK'S COMMENTS DIDN'T CAUSE INNOCENT PEOPLE IN IRAQ TO BE MURDERED BY AN ILLEGAL WAR OR A KID TO MOLESTED BY A PRIEST...IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET ANGRY...GET ANGRY OVER LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES...NOT SOME SILLY COMMENT BY JASON WHITLOCK

2/14/12   |   bretcarr2001   |   1 respect

(Edited by bretcarr2001)

JASON WHITLOCK IS FUNNY AS HELL...ALL RACIAL JOKES ARE FUNNY AS HELL...I THINK AMERICA IS A COUNTRY FULL OF WEAK, SENSITIVE, WHINY, PETTY, ANAL, WUSSIES....FREEDOM OF SPEECH INCLUDES HEARING THINGS YOU'RE NOT GOING TO LIKE...JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO BECOME UNGLUED AS IF THIS GUY CRACKED YOU UPSIDE YOUR SKULL WITH A CHAIR...STICKS AND STONES BREAK BONES WORDS ONLY HAVE THE POWER YOU GIVE THEM....AMERICA TOUGHEN UP AND QUIT WHINING!!


MICHAEL JORDAN JOKE....MICHAEL JORDAN MATCHED UP WITH SO MANY CUPCAKES THAT HE'D MISTAKEN HIS SHAVING CREAM FOR CREAM FILLING.....MICHAEL JORDAN=OVERRATED

WATCH.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpxrMx-Ggps

2/14/12   |   XERXUS   |   8348 respect

a point was made and i can't disagree with it lin has 4 career starts he is a good player, but you can't compare him to rajon rondo, or chris paul or derek rose. although he is impressive lets wait and see the consistency

2/13/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Unfortunately, we still live in a world where people look at WHO you are instead of WHAT you are.  People are still judged by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character.  I remember an interview with Packers WR Greg Jennings, and he was asked if he thought that teammate Jordy Nelson was underestimated because he was a white man playing a skill position and he said yes. And I agreed with him 100%. I remember "Easy" Ed McCaffrey being thought of as a "possession" receiver because he was white, and as we stereotypically know, only black people can run really fast.  Same was said about former Giants CB Jason Sehorn. Even with the success that black quarterbacks have had in the NFL, people still look at them as BLACK quarterbacks and not QUARTERBACKS.  My point is this: People see Jeremy Lin and see an ASIAN point guard, not just a point guard.  The fact is, the Knicks should feel plenty stupid for not putting this kid on the court sooner.  I'm not suggesting that he will get 28 points & 8 dimes every night, but before he was inserted into the lineup, the Knicks were a bunch of forwards and centers with NO GUARDS who were hanging their hopes on the return of Baron Davis, who is aging, injury prone, and looks like he's about to play middle linebacker for the Jets.  I hope this kid continues to play well. As far as Whitlock, he's a fat, obnoxious, bigot who is so full of hot air you could tie a basket to him and float across the world.  How he remains employed is beyond me.

 He remains employed because he pi$$es everyone off..the media loves controversy, and that idiot creates it virtually every time he "writes" something...and I am guessing he shouldn't be allowed to tweet

2/13/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Unfortunately, we still live in a world where people look at WHO you are instead of WHAT you are.  People are still judged by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character.  I remember an interview with Packers WR Greg Jennings, and he was asked if he thought that teammate Jordy Nelson was underestimated because he was a white man playing a skill position and he said yes. And I agreed with him 100%. I remember "Easy" Ed McCaffrey being thought of as a "possession" receiver because he was white, and as we stereotypically know, only black people can run really fast.  Same was said about former Giants CB Jason Sehorn. Even with the success that black quarterbacks have had in the NFL, people still look at them as BLACK quarterbacks and not QUARTERBACKS.  My point is this: People see Jeremy Lin and see an ASIAN point guard, not just a point guard.  The fact is, the Knicks should feel plenty stupid for not putting this kid on the court sooner.  I'm not suggesting that he will get 28 points & 8 dimes every night, but before he was inserted into the lineup, the Knicks were a bunch of forwards and centers with NO GUARDS who were hanging their hopes on the return of Baron Davis, who is aging, injury prone, and looks like he's about to play middle linebacker for the Jets.  I hope this kid continues to play well. As far as Whitlock, he's a fat, obnoxious, bigot who is so full of hot air you could tie a basket to him and float across the world.  How he remains employed is beyond me.

2/13/12   |   XERXUS   |   8348 respect

whats good about lin is he is doing what he enjoys and thats the game itself

2/13/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Let me know when Whitlock DOESN't Say something racist

2/12/12   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1155 respect

As someone who has had the "pleasure" of evaluating Mr. Whitlock as an offensive line prospect at Ball State, [a few notes:heavy footed, fairly good punch and hand placement, could shift inside to OG and be a 'road-grader' type but would still need to work harder in the weight-room, he lacks hip snap and doesn't  always finish.]   Football's 'loss?' was journalism's gain?!  At his best he is a provocative if one-note voice who has made some good points.  At his worst he is a knee-jerk gadfly who makes bigots feel safe if he is representative of their opposition.  

As to young Mr. Lin he is a player who has the kind of court vision, judgement when you consider that he's a really good athlete as well he could be nearly as good as Nash if he gets great coaching and improves his perimeter shooting.

2/11/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

 I am amazed how Whitlock has a job...everything he does is racially motivated...but thats pretty funny

2/11/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

 I just wanted him to karate chop Kobe...but i'll settle for outscoring and performing him

2/11/12   |   DolphinLuver   |   2876 respect

For sure this young man has wonderful skills..and talent.. I'm very impressed.. Most of all its nice to see that he's doing what he enjoys ...GO LIN!!

2/11/12   |   chrischenpdp   |   1 respect

 LINNNSANNITYYYY

JLIN VS RUBIO

www.JeremyLinShirts.com

2/11/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

It was a bummer when Posnanski left the KC Star, and a blessing when Whitlock did. You can throw him in the Skip Bayless class of "say whatever I can to get noticed" class. #insecure

2/11/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   26042 respect

The real #LINsanity is that A LOT of people retweeted it.