The G League is investigating a claim by Jeremy Lin that he was called “coronavirus” during a game, a league official told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears on Friday.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Lin, the former NBA security guard who now plays for the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, spoke about the racism he believes the Asian-American community continues to grapple with and gave examples that he experienced.
“Being a 9 year old NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being labeled a ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” he wrote.
Lin didn’t disclose when he was called that, and it was unclear if the incident took place in the G League bubble in Orlando, Florida, where Lin currently plays as a member of Santa Cruz warrior‘Affiliate.
On Friday night, Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he would like to see the NBA investigate Lins’ claim.
“I just saw the post on Facebook,” said Kerr. “Really powerful. I salute Jeremy for his words and reiterate his views on racism against the Asian-American community. It’s just so ridiculous and obviously being spawned by a lot of people, including our former president [Donald Trump], since it is the coronavirus originating from China. It’s just shocking. I don’t know – I can’t wrap my head around anything, but I can’t wrap my head around racism in general. “
Lin was the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent when he broke into the Warriors in the 2010-11 season. He became known for a hot goal stretch that led to victories with the New York Knicks during the 2011/12 season – this was described as “Linsanity”. Overall, the former Harvard star averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists in 480 games in the NBA from 2010 to 2019.
Previously, he had spoken about racist ridicule received while gambling. Proverb in a 2017 podcast While some came during his time in the NBA, they were far worse during his four years at Harvard, traveling from 2006 to 2010.
In his Facebook post on Thursday, Lin said the current generation of Asian Americans “are fed up with knowing that we are not experiencing racism”.
“We are tired of being asked to keep our heads down and not cause problems,” he wrote. “We’re fed up with Asian American kids growing up asking where they’re REALLY from, that we make fun of our eyes, that we’re objectified as exotic, or that we’re told we’re naturally unattractive. We tired of Hollywood stereotypes affecting our psyche and limitation of who we think we are, tired of being invisible, being mistaken for our coworkers, or saying that our struggles are not that real.
“I want better for my elders, who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to make a life here. I want better for my niece, nephew and future children. I want better for the next generation of Asian-American athletes than necessary. ” work so hard just to be ‘deceptively athletic’. “
Prior to his stint in the G League that season, Lin had played in the Chinese Basketball Federation.
When asked if he would like to see an investigation into Lin’s claim, Kerr responded quickly on Friday.
“Oh yes, sure,” he said. “Like I said, I’ve seen the post, the reference was a bit vague so I think it would be good to know what happened.”