At Georgetown Basketball Game, Jeremy Lin subject to a slur

Jeremy Lin during the Harvard vs. Boston College basketball game

For a team that the men’s basketball team doesn’t play all that often and isn’t a big rival, Georgetown was reportedly less-than-welcoming during the game against Harvard last month. TIME.com writes that Harvard guard Jeremy Lin recently endured a racial comment at a game he played against the Hoyas one of many racial slurs he has heard as an Asian basketball player. TIME.com reports:

Lin is reluctant to mention the specific nature of such insults, but according to Harvard teammate Oliver McNally, another Ivy League player called him a C word that rhymes with ink during a game last season. On Dec. 23, during Harvard’s 86-70 loss to Georgetown in Washington, McNally says, one spectator yelled “Sweet-and-sour pork!” from the stands.

Lin has reportedly been subject to many other taunts since he began to play college basketball because his ethnicity is such a rarity in the sport. TIME writes, “fewer than 0.5% of men’s Division 1 basketball players are Asian-American.” The most prevalent race is African-American, and the second is Caucasian.

Photo from TIME.com

10 Comments on “At Georgetown Basketball Game, Jeremy Lin subject to a slur

  1. way to represent georgetown. what an embarrassment.

  2. This is a disgrace to the player who uttered it and the Georgetown program. At the very least John Thompson need to reprimand the player and a public apology is due. It is utterly ridiculous to me, why opponents have nothing better than racist venom to direct at Lin.

    Were he a regular guy walking down the street would he have to be subject to that? Most likely no, but since there is a misconception that Asians do not belong in athletics, it is OK to say “Chink” or “Won Ton Soup”. The players and students who utter such words might not ever say it in other situations in their lives but if they have any human conscience, they’d embarrased they said it. When was the last time you heard “Nigger”, “Wetback” or “Red Neck” used as trash talk? This is the 21st century last time I checked.

  3. Reading carefully, it seems it wasn’t a Georgetown player who uttered the comment, but a fan. Equally as disgraceful, but let’s not cast aspersions on people who don’t deserve it.

    That said, the fact that a person found this acceptable, even under the influence of game-time adrenaline and alcohol, is disgusting.

  4. The best revenge is playing well. I can only imagine the crap Jon Scheyer has had to put up with. Same thing- believe me. I know firsthand. Jeremy, keep up the good work. You have a lot of fans here in Cleveland and around the world. I look forward to seeing you in the NBA.

  5. I wonder if there was an expose in Time when fans at another school accused Ewing of not being able to read, or called him a gorilla? And really Jay C? It was not one of our players who employed the slur, it was someone in the stands whose school affiliation is unclear. As for Jeremy, I’ll agree with the JewsForJeremy dude or dudette (which seems a bit weird, like CatholicsforJeremy or MuslimsforJeremy) that the guy plays very well, so well that a top notch team like Georgetown had to double team him.

  6. I was at this game. Two very loud African-American men were yelling racist slurs at Lin throughout the course of the first half. They shouted things like “wonton noodles” and “lo mein” and the derogatory c- word referring to Lin’s Asian ethnicity. It was absolutely appalling. Security had to pull the two men out at one point and when they came back much later, they noticeably quieted their taunts. But, I’m happy to say that no REAL Georgetown fans were so rude during that game, to my knowledge.

  7. My apologies for confusing the taunt coming from a spectator vs. a Hoyas player. Neverthless, there is a clear line between trash talk and taunts with racial overtones and I’m happy that we’re all in agreement it is unacceptable.

    If Ewing or any player of any race was called a “gorilla” or other racist taunts then no question it should be discouraged and examined. And yes Joe, just in case you wonder about any double standards, the media DOES cover incidents when black players receive racist taunts (Allen Iverson WAS called a “tough monkey” http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:IltGCsPoiiQJ:findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_n19_v89/ai_18142947/+allen+iverson+monkey&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a) and the perpetrator had to apologize.

    It is appalling that even in dot-com 1996 that word still was used, fast forward another 10 years or so you’d think we made more progress…

  8. I as an Black woman in America apologize to this man. I cannot fathom a black man doing such crude things to someone who has heard racial slurs from Americans probally all his time here. We fight for civil rights every day and black people you should know. I have received racial slurs all my life and it is not funny. You should be embracing this man for his uniquiness for playing a game that blacks were once banned from playing professionally. Shame

  9. As long as the Golden Gate Warriors stand up against the racist, he we be okay. Hey, he is a minority. All minorities experience racial slurs at one point or another. It is the price of being an American. At some point in a minority Americans life they experience th following racist sluurs: Black are called n*gger, Latinos are called sp*k, asians are called ch*ink. If you are mixed you experience all of them. The only people in American that can live free of racial slurs are whites.

    So he may get called names, but his team mates will stand with him against it all like the others before him. If it is one thing about Blacks, they are loyal. When they are on a team, they stick together no matter what your ethnic background or who you are. Whites will walk away and let you get beat up, Blacks will stand in a circle around you and fight, and even fight other blacks if they don’t back off. Something about Black loyality and team sports that is different Whites on team sports.

    He wil be okay.

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