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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Defends His Comments About Jeremy Lin: Fan View
Despite a strong backlash from fans, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has continued to defend his comments about Jeremy Lin. Although he made his first Twitter statement on Feb. 14 and has attempted to stir conversations back to his May 5 fight, fans are still discussing Floyd's comments on Feb. 21.
Reaction to Lin
On his official Twitter account, Floyd Mayweather Jr. shared his reaction to the success of Jeremy Lin, a New York Knicks point guard, and he immediately angered fans. Mayweather stated, "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise." Floyd responded to fans who accused him of being racist with more defensive statements. Mayweather added, "I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players."
Response from Fans
Fans have continued to flood Mayweather's Twitter and Facebook accounts with comments about Jeremy Lin. On the other hand, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has refused to take back his statements on Lin, has continued to mention that he feels "criticized," and believes he has received an unfair amount of attention for his comments. He has even compared his tweets to ESPN commentary and shared his shock that people are not allowing him to state an opinion. However, fans are not forgiving or forgetting his comments. Floyd's recent attempt to promote his upcoming fight with Miguel Cotto on Instagram was immediately taken over by angry fans who are still upset about Lin. Although most of the reactions have been removed from Instagram, there are still several expletive-filled posts that remain visible.
More Trouble Ahead
Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems surprised that fans have not supported his statements about Jeremy Lin, so he is probably not prepared for the reaction he may face in New York. Mayweather is planning to visit New York City on Feb. 28 to promote his May 5 fight against Miguel Cotto. It is part of his press tour to sell tickets and merchandise prior to the fight. Mayweather may want to avoid mentioning Lin and the Knicks during his promotional tour in New York.
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