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ESPN Fires Employee For Racist Jeremy Lin Headline

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Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks reacts during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 19, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks reacts during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 19, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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BRISTOL, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The “Chink In The Armor” headline Friday on ESPN’s mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese.

“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday. “Have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”

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

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologized for that headline and said it is aware of two other “offensive and inappropriate” comments. An ESPNEWS anchor who used the same phrase was suspended for 30 days. The cable network said a similar reference was made on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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