Jeremy Lin ‘not naming or shaming anyone’ after claim he was called ‘coronavirus’

A day after news surfaced that the G League is investigating a claim made by Santa Cruz Warriors guard Jeremy Lin that he was called “coronavirus” during a game, Lin tweeted that he’s “not naming or shaming anyone.”

“I know this will disappoint some of you, but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin tweeted Saturday. “What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.”

Lin, who’s playing for Santa Cruz at the G League bubble near Orlando in hopes of resuscitating his NBA career, took to Instagram on Thursday in response to a recent surge in violence against Asian Americans. In the post, he offered examples of racism that he has personally experienced.

“Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” Lin wrote.

Lin, 32, didn’t specify when he was called that word. It was unclear if the incident occurred at the G League bubble, where he has been for a month.

“When I experienced racism in the Ivy League, it was my (Harvard) assistant coach Kenny Blakeney that talked me through it,” Lin tweeted Saturday. “He shared with me his own experiences as a Black man — stories of racism I couldn’t begin to comprehend. Stories of being called the n-word and having things thrown at him from cars.


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