Yet another broadcaster has used the potentially offensive phrase “chink in the armor” to describe faults with New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. And this time it came from the Knicks own broadcaster.
Following the team’s loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday (Feb. 17), Knicks radio voice Spero Dedes says, “For the first time in what has been a remarkable two-week run, Jeremy Lin shows a chink in the armor. The Knicks’ seven-game winning streak ends against the Hornets as they fall for the first time since February the 3rd.”
This is the third time this phrase has been used in relation to the Asian-American guard. ESPN on-air analyst Max Bretos and ESPN mobile editor Anthony Federico both used the term. Bretos was suspended for 30 days while Frederico was fired. Dedes, on the other hand, remains with the team.
Calls to the Knicks inquiring about any disciplinary plans for Dedes were not returned. He was on the Knicks radio broadcast during their Sunday (Feb. 19) victory against the Dallas Mavericks.
As for Lin’s thoughts on the ESPN matter, he tells the NY Daily News, “They’ve apologized, and so from my end, I don’t care anymore…You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional.”