NBA Investigating Claim Jeremy Lin Was Called ‘Coronavirus’ On Court

8 Nov, 2019 - Beijing, China: Former NBA player Jeremy Lin looks on during the game between Beijing Shougang Ducks v Shanghai Sharks.


The NBA is looking into a complaint made by Jeremy Lin on social media. Lin, who plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League, alleges he was called “coronavirus” on the court as a racial slur.

Lin shared his complaint on social media and commented on the increase in anti-Asian racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We 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,” Lin wrote in a Facebook post. “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.

“Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court. Being a man of faith doesn’t mean I don’t fight for justice, for myself and for others.”

Lin expanded on his comments Saturday but said that he would not name or shame anyone. He then reflected on lessons learned while at Harvard about how to stay strong in his identity as an Asian-American.

“I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin tweeted. “What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.

“When I experienced racism in the Ivy League, it was my assistant coach Kenny Blakeney that talked me through it. He shared with me his own experiences as a Black man — stories of racism I couldn’t begin to comprehend. Stories of being called the n-word and having things thrown at him from cars. He drew from his experiences with identity to teach me how to stay strong in mine. He was also the first person to tell me I was an NBA player as a sophomore at Harvard. I thought he was crazy.”

Lin became the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent during his time in the NBA from 2010 to 2019. Lin averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists in 480 games.

Now, after spending time in the Chinese Basketball Association, Lin is looking to earn another shot in the NBA during his time in the G League bubble in Orlando, Florida.

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