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ESPN fires employee for Jeremy Lin headline

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN says it fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline referring to Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The headline "Chink in the Armor" was used Friday on ESPN's mobile website after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to New Orleans.

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologizes for that headline and also says it is also aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments on ESPN outlets.

An ESPNEWS anchor who used the phrase has been suspended for 30 days and ESPN says a similar reference was made Friday on ESPN  Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.

Lin has captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.

ESPN issued an apology to Lin saying:

"We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin.  His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future."

Lin responded to the apology on Sunday, after scoring 28 points and 14 assists in a win over Dallas, saying "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 is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. 
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