ESPN has apologized for using a headline that included a thinly-veiled racial slur.
Early Saturday morning, the mobile and tablet version of ESPN.com ran the headline ‘Chink in the Armor’ for a story about Friday’s Hornets/Knicks NBA regular season game. Pictured above the headline was Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American player for the Knicks.
While ‘chink in the armor’ can be a non-racial expression, it would seem obvious that its use in this context was racially-charged.
In a statement Saturday morning, ESPN apologized for the racial slur. “Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again.”
(Saturday’s news from Fang’s Bites)