ESPN Fires One Employee, Suspends Another For Ethnic Slur Against Jeremy Lin

Monday February 20th, 2012

ESPN announced today that one employee has been fired and another, suspended, for using an ethnic slur in reference to Jeremy Lin, according to the New York Times.

The network fired the employee who posted the headline "Chink in the armor" on the mobile web site at 2:30 a.m. yesterday. The employee's name was not released.

TV anchor Max Bretos was suspended 30 days for using the same phrase during an interview about Lin on ESPNews with Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazier. "We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin," the network announced in a statement. "His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future."

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.