Anthony Federico, an editor at ESPN.com, was fired last month for writing the headline “Chink in the Armor: Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-Stopping Loss to Hornets,” about New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, the first Taiwanese-American to play in the NBA. The headline appeared on ESPN’s mobile website at 2:30 am on February 19, and despite being live for only half an hour, the headline made, well, headlines, as the insensitive wording was quickly shared around the world.
Federico was fired for the headline. He told the New York Daily News that he was “devastated that I caused a firestorm,” and wanted to explain himself to Lin personally. Well, yesterday, he got just that chance. Lin reached out to him, and they had lunch, which Federico said to the News consisted of only about three minutes of talk over the headline, the rest of the time spent discussing their shared Christian values and how they’re both trying to make a positive of the situation.
“The fact that he reached out to me,” Federico told the News, “the fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule. . . . He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.”
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