ESPN: Charmin comments from Kobe still rub Jeremy Lin the wrong way

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Last December an article titled Time for Jeremy Lin to get into Kobe’s face ran in AsAm News. It came after Kobe Bryant accused Lin of being soft like Charmin in front of all his teammates and the assembled media. Four months later, the incident is something that still bothers Lin.

In an excellent piece in ESPN Magazine by Pablo Torre, Lin said

Just because I have a certain demeanor, it doesn’t mean you can tell how much I want something,” Lin says. “You can’t just say that the more you talk, the more you care,” said Lin in apparent reference to Bryant’s more vocal leadership style versus.

“I’m not very outspoken. I might not be the guy who’s going to cuss somebody out.

“Asians are very easy to make fun of. We’re the model minority. So everyone can joke about Asians: They’re nice people, respectful people; they won’t do anything. People look at me, and they’ve always jumped to conclusions. They don’t see toughness. But how do you define that?”

His reinsertion into the starting lineup for the Lakers, notwithstanding, this has been a very frustrating season for Lin.

You can read Lin’s very candid comments about the lowest point in the season and thoughts from his former coach, Mike D’Antoni, in ESPN Magazine

Ken Jeong’s “30 for 30″ short for ESPN tells the story of Reggie Ho- Notre Dame’s legendary 5’5” walk-on kicker.

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This is the incredible story of the most unlikely person to ever play college football. A guy who, if you just looked at him, had no business playing the game for Notre Dame. But he became a football folk hero.

No, it’s not Rudy.

ESPN‘s latest “30 for 30documentary short Student/Athlete, directed by Ken Jeong, tells the story of Reggie Ho, a pre-med student from Hawaii who walked on to Notre Dame’s football team as a placekicker because he wanted to be “a more well-rounded person.

At 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds, he was one of the smallest players in college football, but ended up playing a crucial role in the Fighting Irish‘s undefeated 1988 season.

I have nothing against Rudy. He’s a fellow Notre Dame guy,” says former Notre Dame quarterback Tony Rice. “But Reggie Ho deserves better than that. Reggie’s a better story.”
I love it. Reggie kicks four field goals to singlefootedly defeat the University of Michigan. What does he do celebrate after the game? He heads to the library to hit the books. Reggie’s gotta study. True student athlete.

Is anyone working on the Hollywood movie version of the Reggie Ho story?


Best Of Ken Jeong On SportsCenter

The actor, comedian (and yes, doctor) Ken Jeong recently guest co-hosted SportsCenter on ESPN. Having grown up in North Carolina, gone to Duke for undergrad and UNC for medical school, it’s no surprise that Jeong is a big basketball or sports fan.

I was one of the Cameron Crazies back in the day. I’ve mellowed out now. You’d have to … you can’t stay crazy for that long. One of my neighbors went to Duke, so he gets some people together for the Carolina games and we all watch at his house on the big screen.”

But I can’t even imagine what Jeong was like at Duke if he considers himself mellowed out now – maybe as a sports fan, but certainly not in most of the characters he portrays in television and film. ESPN put together a nice montage of Jeong’s best moments as guest co-host, which is fairly entertaining. Enjoy!


ESPN anchor apologizes for Lin comment

Jeremy Lin was back at the Garden on Thursday night and helped the Houston Rockets hold off his former team, the New York Knicks. His return to the site of Linsanity also provided an opportunity for another ESPN anchor to say something inappropriate about Lin’s Asian heritage.

ESPN’s Jorge Andres was doing the highlights for Houston’s win when he said Lin was “cooking with some hot peanut oil.

Andres apologized for his comments approximately 40 minutes later, according to Yahoo.

He is not the first ESPNer to get in trouble for using racially charged language to describe Lin. Anchor Max Bretos was suspended a month in February 2012 for using a slur for Asians that is part of a common idiom and a website editor was fired for using the same phrase in a headline.