Jeremy Lin had lunch this week with the former ESPN editor who was fired for publishing a headline about the New York Knicks’ guard that included a racially insensitive word, the New York Daily News said.
Lin and 28-year-old Connecticut resident Anthony Federico met in a Manhattan restaurant on March 27 and discussed their mutual interest in basketball and the Christian faith, according to the newspaper.
Federico’s headline after a Knicks loss, which contains a word sometimes used as a slur toward those of Chinese ancestry, appeared on ESPN’s mobile website for 35 minutes on Feb. 18 before it was removed. Federico was fired the following day.
Lin is the first Chinese- or Taiwanese-American to play in the National Basketball Association.
A family member of Lin’s contacted the former editor in February, Federico told the Daily News. He said that he and Lin discussed the headline for less than three minutes, choosing instead to talk about religion and the Knicks.
Federico and Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN apologized publicly after the headline was removed. Lin told reporters at the time that he accepted the apology and that he didn’t think it was intentional.
Lin, 23, has missed the Knicks’ last two games with a left knee injury. He is averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists this season, his first in New York. The Knicks are 26-25.
The Knicks play the Hawks in Atlanta tomorrow night.
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