ESPN Refers to Jeremy Lin as “Chink in the Armor”


Before reading this article I would like to address prematurely, condemning Ian Begley, as the culprit.  Many readers have passionately brought to my attention he may not have penned the title.  I assumed he penned it because his name was by the title, and this may not be the case.  I am retracting any complaints regarding him until the name of the exact person is presented.  I would like to personally apologize to Ian Begley if this was done in error.  – Michael Erevna

Jeremy Lin, the latest NBA media darling, of the New York Knicks should have thick skin, on and off the court. This week he made it into the cross-hairs of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Who claimed he was only getting this attention because he is “Asian”. I thought it was because the Knicks were below 500 and he came off the bench and rattled off 7 consecutive wins.

On his heals, is Ian Begley (this was the name under the title: Begley), of ESPN (Mobile) who headlined his coverage of the Knicks loss to the Charlotte Hornets, as a “Chink in the Armor”. Who is the bad guy here? Is it Ian Begley or the ESPN editor, who said this is perfect, let’s run with it! This is nothing more than veiled racism. For those that miss this connotation, let’s take a look at the definition, of the word “chink” and what it means to an Asian person.

“Chink (also chinki, chinky, chinkie) is an English slang term referring mainly to a person of Chinese ethnicity but sometimes generalized to refer to any person of East Asian descent. Contemporary usage of the word as an ethnic slur has sparked controversies in the media for many years and many people consider the term an insult.”

Jeremy Lin, is being attacked because of his race. He has shared his spiritual beliefs and has now been compared to Tim Tebow. Now he is being totally disrespected because he is an Asian with “mad-game” and (if he had knowledge of the headline before print) Ian Begley, thought it would be cute to capitalize on this double entendre as a writer.  I find his attitude sophomoric and I now put him in the “Kramer” category, if he is responsible for this.

Anyone, reading this article let’s take corrective action and find out who exactly is responsible at ESPN. Make them an example that racial insensitivity will no longer be tolerated by the people. Below you will find contact information for ESPN.  Make a stand and let’s effect change!  What do you say? Maybe after this, this person will need some Lin-ament for his wounded ego!

ESPN Mailing Address:

ESPN Television
ESPN Plaza
Bristol, CT 06010

Phone: (888) 599-ESPN

File Complaint


Reference Links for Story Updates:

The name of the ESPN anchor fired for the “Chink in the Armor” headline is revealed.
Ex-ESPN Writer says slur was ‘honest mistake’

ESPN has fired the employee responsible for this racial slur and this is a good move. Now we can focus on curing our “Lin-Sanity”.  Good move ESPN,  we commend you! Racism beware, we will find you and you will pay!

ESPN fires writer of offensive headline about Jeremy Lin

RevelationNow has added this link to support the truth. If in fact, Ian Begley, did not pen the title, he SHOULD be exonerated; however, the person who did this is known at ESPN. The question is who? I tire of racism being entrenched in corporate America without consequence or accountability. Based on the testimony of Ian Begley’s Asian friends, I have posted this. We all should hope to have friends like them.

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Michael Erevna is a writer, inventor, solutions architect and independent researcher of: ancient civilizations, spirituality, mysticism, and Biblical teachings.
77 comments on “ESPN Refers to Jeremy Lin as “Chink in the Armor”
    • Scott, I stand corrected and apologize for my comments re: Ian, if indeed it isn't Ian who has written the headline. However, I still stand by that the editor in charge at the time should be fired. As for the angry part, OF COURSE I'm angry, but still I should get the facts right: ESPN are at least getting it right now.

  1. Was this necessary? Out of all the words in the dictionary to select from…..and this idiot used the most alarming word. Seriously….how did he get the job at ESPN in the first place? Wow…we have ESPN in Taiwan localized…I wonder what his colleague have to say. What a shame…..This dude should be shut down forever…..guess he might still have his little group of followers with racist blog to write on. ESPN's brand is forever tarnished….such tragic in today's globalization economy. Discriminating one of your own…Asian-American…WOW! this only happens in the USA. Jeremy Lin was born in United States and speaks perfect English whom graduated from Harvard….and he helped Knicks to win 7 games…….what more do you want? hair bleached….skin bleached….cosmetic surgery…the whole nine yards….and look like MJ? Seriously? grow up!

  2. Hey Michael Erevna, if you wrote for a respectable site like Ian does, then YOU WOULD KNOW that the WRITERS DO NOT MAKE THE HEADLINES…the truth will come out soon and I'm sure the culprit will be reprimanded (as he or she should) in keeping with the spirit of the story, SHUT THE LIN UP.

    • Hi Heath, you can read the previous comment because they address yours as well. If Mr. Begley is not the one who penned the headline, ESPN should present the person who did. I am sure you can understand seeing his name next to the headline how people would assume he was the culprit. Thanks for stopping by. Peace

    • Jeremy Roodman – Hi Jeremy, I actually pen the titles here. I have corrected this because I actually agree with many people in opposition to the article, regardless of some of their lack of etiquette. Thanks for the correction. I truly appreciate it. Peace

    • Michael, yes I can see how people (who don't work in journalism) would assume but YOU were the one rallying your troops to get Ian fired. You were the one that included a picture of him as well as ESPN's address to put in complaints. It's just surprising since you "work" in journalism. If it comes out that Mr. Begley had nothing to do with the headline, I think you should lose your job, solely based on your lack of knowledge. Well maybe that's how you got the position at Revelation Now, you write controversial articles filled with slander. Good evening sir.

    • Heath Schindler – Hi Heath, did you not see the correction? Please refresh the page and let me know what you think now? Anyway, thanks again and if I was "stupid" I will correct it immediately. Peace…

  3. Michael, you seem to have an issue with racist headlines but clearly have no problem with defaming Mr. Begley before gathering ANY facts. It is common knowledge that columnists do not pen the titles to their articles. They, unlike you, are busy gathering facts. ESPN was wrong to post that headline and issued an apology. If you had any journalistic integrity (which at this point seems doubtful), you too would post an apology and stop encouraging your fanbase to complain to ESPN about Mr. Begley – after all, he is a victim here, as well.

    • Hi Mark, thank you for reading the article and taking the time to write out a respectful well thought out comment. I actually pen my own titles to my articles as do the writers here. I am aware of the apology and it was the right thing to do. I commend them on their response. I actually agree with you and I am going to take corrective action now. Thanks again for your honesty. Peace

    • Hi Ian, thanks for stopping by and reading the article. If he did not wrote the headline then you are absolutely right! I will be more than happy to print a correction. I would actually send him an apology as well. Let's make sure this is the case, first. Peace

    • You have the right to share your personal perception of the headline. It is obviously used in a racial context to describe Lin's lackluster production in the turnover department to lose the game. People fail to remember his previous play that put the Knicks in contention.

      It really depends on the reaction. My brother alerted me of the headline tonight. His reaction is strong (sees it as racially driven) toward the headline. Mayweather also stirred up the race card. Soon enough, everyone will see the reaction to the headline. We can form our own perception, but the public reaction will dictate the fate.

    • goodlin25 Hi Goodlin25, Thanks for the review of the post. Of course this has been modified based on insight from other people who commented. Even the ones who are totally disrespectful. Because I do not know for sure Ian Begley penned the title, I thought in all (and I did send an inquiry to ESPN and I received an auto email) fairness, the article should address this. I firmly believe this was an intentional double entendre. At the same time honestly and fairness should prevail in an imperfect world. I find Jeremy Lin to be inspirational and his attitude is one I hope spreads. Racial bias is alive and well in this world and people hide behind doubt. Thank you again, it was rough night on this freshman site! Peace…

  4. Racial slurs of any kind are unacceptable. However, publically falsely accusing someone of racism and attempting to ruin his career based on these false accusations is equally disgraceful.
    How dare you publish something like this without doing proper research regarding who actually wrote that title. Ian Begley's article contained NO slurs of any kind nor has he used any inappropriate language in any of his interviews.
    Before you go around accusing people of racism, you need to do a little more fact checking and get better educated on who is actually writing the words you are criticizing. You owe Mr. Begley a huge apology for falsley accusing him of racism. You also owe an apology to your readers for such a tremendous error.

    • Hi Raina, if this is the case. I certainly will. You can read the rest of the comments because they address many of your concerns. Thanks for stopping by and I am working on this right now. Peace

  5. Mr. Michael Erevna, This is slander. Are you 100% positive that Ian Begley, the writer of the article, also was the one that created the racist headline? Are you aware of the fact that almost every time, writers write the article while a separate editing staff creates the headline? Putting blame on Ian Begley is irresponsible. Calling Ian Begley a "racist", without getting a comment from Ian or ESPN, without even knowing who is Ian, is irresponsible. I'm extremely disappointed you'd post something like this and put a man's honest career in jeopardy before checking your facts. And for the record, I'M ASIAN. Sincerely, Team Begley.

    • Hi Gary, Check the post now. Refresh it. I have addressed it. It was not my intent to harm, disappoint or slander anyone. We are a new site on the web and quite frankly I did not expect this much response. I have corrected this as I wait on the details. Thanks for stopping by. Peace

    • Michael Erevna this note is from my friend that commented – it gives a personal side to the story you may not have heard. I respect that you took into consideration what other people were saying and were man enough to make a correction. – after reading it, I don't believe Ian is racist nor would have the mind to create or approve such a racial headline – hope you share the good word to your following!

    • It is likely possible the writer created the headline. Sports writers are given the task to write compelling articles. Wouldn't they have some say-so in the headline? When I prepared articles, many of my headlines were used.

      The editor changed a few things, even rewording the headline. As a writer, I would check the headline and the content. It would be bad to allow a controversial headline that I never coined to be used with my name on it. When the editing team changed content that changed the content of my intended goal, I would have to defend it in the comment section. People have a right to evaluate the writer. It the writer has no previous history, then we move on.

      In 2006, KNBR Krueger, program director, morning show producer were all fired after making reference reference to the San Francisco Giants as "brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop lately". Even though the comment is not the sole termination factor, the comment exposed what many claimed to be a racial pattern. Krueger also made a comment toward Felipe Alou, "Mind has turned to Cream of Wheat". Maybe Krueger was not trying to make biased comments preceding this on-air statement, but the situation spiraled out of control. The reaction resulted in dismissing three staff members.

      You don't know whether the writer and or an editor took a racial shot at Lin for being a hero in only a few games. This article is a fair review of the headline. The writer here, is not trying to slander anyone. He is reacting to the headline like most people with common sense to know it is wrong.

    • Gabriel Marcus – Hi Gabriel, Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to correct myself. I have no malicious intent for anyone on this planet. This experience will make me a better writer and I am happy to have been criticized by those who did it respectfully. They were true adults. We should be able to disagree, make mistakes and most of all correct them amongst our peers. I appreciate your kind words recognizing the sacrifice of ego. I do not know him but I know the people at ESPN knew what they were doing. Racism is psychological disease…

    • Hi Gary, Please refresh the page with the article and scroll to the end of the article. I hope this shows you we are truth seekers at Revelation Now. I read your story and you are a sincere and valuable friend to have. Peace…

  6. This is just the beginning of the end. Be prepared to see some bail-out action that involves foreign ownership. PC? What PC? It's all about who's losing the shirt, not who gets away with petty playground trash.

  7. I think we r getting away from the context in which this site was designed to do! I think the bigger picture is how ESPN allowed a racial headline just as the Grammy committee allowing Nicky M to perform her Satanic ritual to close her ceremony n make a mockery of Whitney Houston's death!!!

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