Members of the sports media, after years of having your racist tendencies suppressed by groups such as the NAACP, you have now found your loophole...Freedom of (Figure of) Speech.
Why should I give you the benefit of anything when, given the opportunity, you will reveal your ignorance and hatred towards people who are not like you?
Late Friday night into early Saturday morning, after the Knicks lost to the lowly Hornets due in large part to Jeremy Lin's nine turnovers, ESPN Mobile posted an in-game photo of Lin with the headline, "**** in the Armor". ESPN pulled the headline a half hour later. But that wasn't even the sports media giant's first careless and callous mistake. Earlier in the week, an ESPN reporter used the same phrase while asking Walt Frazier a question about Lin.
Straight-faced, the reporter asks Frazier, "...if there is a **** in the armor, where can Lin improve his game?" Really? Instead of "...if there is a weakness, where can Lin improve his game?" Hmmm. I've heard the latter phrase used pretty much ALL THE TIME in interviews regarding athletes. Now when it is posed about an Asian American athlete, this sudden re-phrasing happens?
It's no accident.
The reporter got his racial slur in and he did so knowing full well he could simply argue that it is a figure of speech. Reasonable doubt, although not reasonable enough to leave as a headline on ESPN's mobile site.
I've been on the receiving end of racial bombs...both subtle and blatant...and there is always a sense of accomplishment by the racist when he's going to get away with insulting someone's race. I'm sure the camera crew snickered knowingly. Please don't tell me not one person in that studio knew what other meaning the word "****" has in American lingo. And please don't tell me that the writer for ESPN Mobile was innocent either.
Am I being too sensitive about this whole matter? Maybe. I guess that can be considered a weakness on my part, or as you racist media members might put it...it's a **** in my armor.