ESPN fires employee for online Lin headline

ESPN fires employee for online Lin headline

Credit: Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during the second half against the Washington (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 20 at 9:08 AM

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BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN says it fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline referring to Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The headline "Chink in the Armor" was used Friday on ESPN's mobile website after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to New Orleans.

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologizes for that headline and also says it is also aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments on ESPN outlets.

An ESPNEWS anchor who used the phrase has been suspended for 30 days. And ESPN says a similar reference was made Friday on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.

Related: Lin has 28 points, 14 assists; Knicks stop Mavs

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