The NBA has reportedly identified the G-League player who called Jeremy Lin “coronavirus” during a game, a claim which the Santa Cruz Warriors guard made in response to the spike in Asian hate crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called “coronavirus” on the court.
In a statement by a G League spokesperson, the league is planning to handle the matter internally, honoring Lin’s wish “not to name or shame” particular players.
“We’re handling this matter internally, a decision supported by Jeremy Lin. Lin has met with the player to discuss the escalating racism and violence toward Asian Americans, and the player understands the impact that hearing this comment had on Lin.”
After exposing the recent racism he personally faced, Jeremy Lin has since been very vocal about the issues Asian Americans have been facing. Most recently, Lin has released a troubling PSA on Bleacher Report addressing the frustrations and calling for help.
"We're tired of our pain being overlooked."@JLin7 speaks on the rise of hate speech and racist attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RI7afv4F3s
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 11, 2021
Lin also recalled how, in one crucial college game, he played terrible and “lost control” after being called a slur repeatedly.
“That’s when I realized my assistant coach at the time, Kenny Blakeney, he explained to me his experiences as an African American trying to play at Duke and what that was like,” he said. “For me, it just really challenged my perspective to see that when people come in and they say those things, they’re trying to get you out of your element.”
In his post on Facebook that outlined the racism he’s dealt with in the past, Lin talks about how “this generation of Asian-Americans are tired of being told that we don’t experience racism.”
“We are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not make trouble. We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where they’re REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told we’re inherently unattractive. We are tired of the stereotypes in Hollywood affecting our psyche and limiting who we think we can be. We are tired of being invisible, of being mistaken for our colleague or told our struggles aren’t as real.”
Resources to help with the Asian hate crimes:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC develops projects, training, education and advocacy to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans.
- Stop AAPI Hate: The Stop AAPI Hate reporting center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California and, where possible, throughout the United States.
- Welcome to Chinatown to offer financial relief to affected businesses, and spreading the word to your communities.