The NBA G League said on Friday that it was investigating a report by Jeremy Lin, one of the most famous Asian-American players in basketball, that he had been called a “coronavirus” on the court.
Lynn reveals the slur in A facebook post Thursday in which he condemned racism and discrimination perpetrated by Asian-Americans. It was a prime example of the rising tide of bigotry that many Asian-Americans say they have ended since last year, when former President Donald J. Trump began to describe coronavirus as a “China virus”.
“Being an Asian American does not mean that we don’t experience poverty and racism,” wrote Lynn, who plays for the Golden League Warriors affiliate in the N League’s Development League, the G League. “Being a 9-year NBA veteran does not save me from being called ‘av coronavirus’ on the court.” Being a man of faith does not mean that I do not fight for justice, for myself and for others. “
A league spokesman confirmed that an investigation had been opened, but declined to comment further. The investigation was first reported by Athletic.
According to the government, there has been an increase in attacks against Asian-Americans. Number of hate crimes with Asian-American victims reported to New York Police Department Become 28 in 2020From just three in 2019. Activists and police officials said a number of other incidents have not been classified as hate crimes or formally reported.
in August, A report of the United Nations Found that racially motivated violence and other incidents against Asian-Americans had reached “alarming levels” throughout the United States since the outbreak of the virus. The report stated that more than 1,800 racist incidents against Asian-Americans in the United States took place over an eight-week period from March 2020 to May 2020.
The report stated that those who said they were blocked from public transport, discriminated against in workplaces, were beaten, beaten, stabbed with knife and insulted.
Lynn, a Taiwanese-American, has spoken openly about discrimination and questioning in professional basketball. He has also taken his position with pride a role model And an inspiration to many Asian-Americans.
A former Harvard basketball player, Lynn became a breakout sensation in the 2011–12 NBA season when, as a relative unknown on the bench, he took over as a guard for the Knicks and Thor through the league, prompting excitement. Wave up. Known as “licentiousness”. He scored more points in his first five starts than any other player in the top 40 with 38 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In her Facebook post on Thursday, Lynn, 32, pointed to a generational shift among Asian-Americans.
“We are getting tired of being told that we don’t experience racism, we are being told to keep our heads down and not get into trouble,” he said. “We are tired of Asian American children growing up and being asked where they really are, making fun of our eyes, who are considered foreign or that we are naturally ugly . “
“I wish better for our elders who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to make a life for themselves,” he said. “I want better for my nieces and nephews and future children.”
Shuntel Lowe Contributed to this report.