Jeremy Lin Lunches With Fired ESPN Writer Who Wrote Alleged Racial Slur
The Knicks star met with the writer who was let go for causing a firestorm with an early morning, poorly worded pun.
In a meeting that lasted longer than the offense that got him fired, Anthony Federico and Jeremy Lin found common ground and enjoyed a good lunch.
Federico lost his job for a headline he wrote on ESPN's mobile website in late February, calling Lin's poor play in the loss that ended his magical run "A Chink in the Armor." It was perceived as a racial slur about Lin's Chinese heritage; Federico gave an emotional interview days later saying that it was not his intention, and after weeks of back and forth, trying to set up a time, the pair came face to face for lunch on Tuesday.
"It went incredible," Federico told New York's Newsday. "I'm just so excited we had a chance to meet. We talked for an hour. I'm just so thankful."
The writer, a 28-year-old from Connecticut, said that they spoke about their shared Christian faith and Lin's knee injury, which will keep him out of the Knicks' Wednesday night game against Orlando.
"We talked more about matters of faith [and] reconciliation," Federico said. "We talked about our shared Christian values and what we're both trying do with this situation . . . We didn't talk about the headline for more than three minutes."
Since Mike D'Antoni stepped down as Knicks coach, the team has played markedly better for interim coach Mike Woodson, though Lin, slowed by injury and a change in offense, has not performed to the same world-beating levels that sparked what became known as Linsanity, which sparked the excitement of Hollywood.