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Fired ESPN Editor: Controversial Headline An Honest Mistake

Former ESPN editor Anthony Federico told the New York Daily News that he did not intend to use a racial slur when he wrote his now infamous “chink in the amor” headline about Jeremy Lin.

"This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny," Anthony Federico told the Daily News.

"I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy."

"My faith is my life," he said. "I'd love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was an honest mistake."

The headline, which appeared on ESPN’s mobile website early Saturday morning resulted in Federico’s firing as well as much media scrutiny aimed at the sports network.  It was written following the New York Knicks' first loss since Asian-American Jeremy Lin had emerged as the team’s starting point guard.

Lin told the press yesterday that he was not upset about the headline.

“Have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Or hopefully not.”