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ESPN Apologizes For Using Racial Slur In Headline Of Jeremy Lin Story

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Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks drives against Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 17, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks drives against Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 17, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

ESPN ran the headline “Chink in the Armor” after Lin had nine turnovers in New York’s loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night on its mobile website that could be seen on phones and tablet computers.

Lin is the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated sports fans with unexpected dominance on the court that sparked a seven-game winning streak.

ESPN says in a statement Saturday it removed the headline 35 minutes after it was posted. The cable network says it is “conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.”

The story was first reported by Outsports.com.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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