Whitlock Apologizes For Racial Tweet

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Jeremy Lin.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Jeremy Lin. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) Shortly after Jeremy Lin’s 38-point performance Friday night against the Lakers, one columnist sent out a tweet poking fun at the Chinese-American ball player.

FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock tweeted, “Some lucky lady in NYC is going to feel a couple of inches of pain tonight.”

After a storm of criticism, Whitlock released a statement apologizing for the tweet. Here’s an excerpt:

I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It’s been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother’s Richard Pryor albums. I still want to be a standup comedian.

The couple-inches-of-pain tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too. As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry.

https://twitter.com/#!/WhitlockJason/status/168180609242497025

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