Some Dumb Erratum of the Day: In the rush to come up with pun headlines to describe the phenom that is Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, unfortunately it was probably just a matter of time before someone slipped up and said something racist.
But many likely never thought it would be ESPN.
Covering the Knicks loss to the Hornets and the snapping of the rising star’s 7-game winning streak, the venerable sports network titled their article “Chink In The Armor.”
The offensive slur-pun was up on ESPN.com for 35 minutes between 2:30 and 3:05 AM.
As Mike Nizza of The Daily points out, the overnight shift lacks the sort of oversight that might have halted such an insensitive headline well prior to publishing, but that’s hardly an excuse.
ESPN has since released a statement apologizing for their choice of words, and vowing to conduct a “complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures.”
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