Photo via Reuters
NBA players, past and present, are sharing their reactions to the NBA’s ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. One man who has a particularly unique perspective is Jeremy Lin, who’s experienced years of racism in the sport (remember ESPN’s awful ‘Chink in the armor’ headline?). The Rockets guard told Ultimate Rockets that he’s happy with the league’s decision and that the whole situation brought memories of racist comments spewed at him.
“I was definitely shocked,” Lin said of the Sterling ban. “But I have kind of gone through Linsanity, and hearing and seeing things people said. I guess I wish it wasn’t like that, but I am not oblivious to some of the ridiculousness that is out there, and I have been exposed to some of it. I am all for heading in the right direction, and I think that’s where we are. Out of that negative comes a strong and positive statement.
“I think it’s great. It was an unfortunate and weird situation. I definitely think it’s a right step in the right direction. I’m glad it’s over. I feel bad for the Clippers and for the Warriors for having to play through something like that with all the distraction and the noise and taking away from what they are trying to do on the court. Hopefully we can get back to basketball now.”