After ESPN reacted quickly to the "Chink in the Armor" headline that appeared on its mobile site under a photo of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin early Saturday morning, Lin commented on the controversy after the Knicks' win over the Dallas Mavericks.
“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but they have apologized and so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said. “[You] have to learn to forgive and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not."
In the meantime, The New York Daily News ran an exclusive interview with Anthony Federico, the ESPN writer who was fired by the 4-letter network for writing the headline. This is what he told the newspaper:
"This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny. I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy."
The article continued:
Federico, 28, said he understands why he was axed. "ESPN did what they had to do," he said.
He said he has used the phrase "at least 100 times" in headlines over the years and thought nothing of it when he slapped it on the Lin story.
Federico called Lin one of his heroes – not just because he's a big Knicks fan, but because he feels a kinship with a fellow "outspoken Christian."
"My faith is my life," he said. "I'd love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was an honest mistake."