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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Racist Comments About Jeremy Lin a Disgrace - a Fan’s Take
Floyd Mayweather Jr. made some controversial comments recently, stating that New York Knicks' star Jeremy Lin is only getting hype because he is Asian. This seems to be a strange can of worms for Mayweather to be opening because of the rampant racism to permeate through professional sports to begin with.
"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," Mayweather posted on his Twitter account. He then went on to post that "I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up."
I suppose since Mayweather is a boxer, that he is a little immune from the racism in sports but this isn't something that anyone, especially an African-American athlete should complain about. Of course, Mayweather has always thrown around racist and homophobic quotes, such as when he insulted Manny Pacquiao's ethnicity.
Jeremy Lin is not famous right now because he is Asian. He is famous because he helped the New York Knicks win five straight games, without the teams two biggest stars. He is famous because he did this as an undrafted free agent, who also never received a scholarship to college. He is famous because even Kobe Bryant, who he helped beat, said how great Lin is.
Of course, Lin might have faced a tougher road because he is an Asian in basketball, but Mayweather has no right to blame the excitement for his achievements on race.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player to get to play in Major League Baseball, along with Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe in 1949. Robinson was the first African American MVP, not because he was black but because he was a great player, leading the league in batting average with a .342.
Warren Moon faced a long uphill battle in the NFL. He came out of college in 1978 but the NFL scouts figured he would have to switch positions because only one African American quarterback, James Harris, had achieved any measurable success in the NFL.
Moon went to Canada and led the Edmonton Eskimos to five consecutive Grey Cup victories. Moon finally got his chance to play in the NFL in 1984 with the Houston Oilers and retired with the third most passing yards and fourth most touchdowns in NFL history. Moon is now in the NFL Hall of Fame, not because he is black but because he was a great football player.
I'm not saying Lin will be the best basketball player in the world but I am saying that basing someone's popularity and success on the color of their skin is an ignorant position to take. Mayweather should know better.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has been an NBA fan since he was a child in Oklahoma, a fan of Larry Byrd and the Boston Celtics, and later Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks, before Oklahoma City received their own team.
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