(Reuters) – The NBA’s G League has launched an investigation after Jeremy Lin mentioned he was referred to as “coronavirus” on the courtroom, U.S. media mentioned on Friday.
Taiwanese-American Lin, who’s a part of the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, made the declare in a Fb (NASDAQ:) submit on Thursday however didn’t specify when or the place the incident occurred.
“Being an Asian American does not imply we do not expertise poverty and racism,” the previous New York Knicks guard mentioned. “Being a nine-year NBA veteran would not defend me from being referred to as ‘coronavirus’ on the courtroom.”
A league spokesman confirmed to the New York Occasions that an investigation had been opened.
Lin, who final yr pledged as much as $1 million to coronavirus reduction efforts, additionally mentioned there was a generational shift in Asian People.
“We’re bored with being instructed that we do not expertise racism, we’re bored with being instructed to maintain our heads down and never make bother,” he mentioned.
“We’re bored with Asian American children rising up and being requested the place they’re REALLY from, of getting our eyes mocked…We’re bored with being invisible…or instructed our struggles aren’t as actual.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expressed his assist.
“I simply noticed the submit,” Kerr instructed reporters. “Actually highly effective. I applaud Jeremy for his phrases and echo his sentiments relating to racism towards the Asian American group.”
Lin started his NBA profession with the Warriors in 2010 earlier than transferring to the Knicks, the place he sparked what grew to become generally known as “Linsanity” following his exploits within the 2011-12 season.
He additionally had spells with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks and in 2019 grew to become the primary Asian-American to win an NBA Championship, doing so with the Toronto Raptors.
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