Sports Ex-NBA star charges: Was called "coronavirus"
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There was apparently a case of racism in American basketball. Ex-NBA star Jeremy Lin claims to have been labeled a "coronavirus".
"Having played in the NBA for nine years does not protect me from being called 'Coronavirus' on the field."
This phrase is from the social media post by Jeremy Lin, who played a total of 480 games in the NBA from 2010 to 2019. The point guard denounced the persistent racist insults against Americans with an Asian background. ()
A short time later, he posted on Twitter that he did not want to "name or expose anyone" with his allegations. The G-League, in which Lin is now active for the Santa Cruz Warriors, has started investigations according to ESPN .
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In his original post, the 32-year-old had written: "We are tired of being told that we don't get to feel racism. That we should keep our heads down and not cause trouble. We're tired of asking become where we REALLY come from, that jokes are made about our eyes and we are branded as exotic. "
Lin made headlines in 2010 when he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors as the first American basketball player of Taiwanese or Chinese origin and played in the NBA. Test
After some furious appearances for the New York Knicks, which caused the "Linsanity", he was followed by bad luck with injuries and tried his luck with various other teams before he moved to China in 2019 to the Bejing Ducks.
Since this year Lin has been playing in the USA again. ()
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Bobby Webster didn't feel comfortable sitting in the stands during the Toronto Raptors' five-game west coast road trip last March, the final few days before the sports world was turned upside down. The Raptors general manager watched from the locker-room. Cases of a sinister coronavirus were climbing in California. The Raptors had just played in Sacramento and San Francisco. The unknown hung like a dark cloud. "There was already a heightened awareness and the NBA had sent out a bunch of information. I remember being on that trip and just everyone being cautious," Webster said.