Jeremy Lin, the former New York Knicks star who took the NBA by storm, spoke out against racist attacks against Asians and Asian Americans. Lin’s Facebook post on Thursday came in the wake of recent attacks on Asians and Asian Americans in San Francisco and New York City.
Jeremy Lin is speaking up about the rise in Asian hate crimes, which have spiked following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Santa Cruz Warriors guard took to Instagram to further discuss the subject, after having appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area’s segment, Race in America: A Candid Conversation. He also suggested he’s been called names during games.
“Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism,” Lin wrote on Instagram. “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court. Being a man of faith doesn’t mean I don’t fight for justice, for myself and for others.”
His comments arrive after he told NBC Sports Bay Area on Feb. 23 that, “I feel bad for somebody who harbors hate for somebody else, who they’ve never met, just based on skin color,” he said. “That makes me want to do something. It makes me want to educate people or speak out and find ways to make a difference.”
He continued, “Honestly, it goes almost from anger to heartbreak. Almost like a sadness, but mixed with compassion. I almost feel for the people who are hurting the victims.”
After signing a contract with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks in 2019, Lin returned to the NBA G League to play for the Golden State Warriors’ affiliate club, the Santa Cruz Warrior. So far this season, he’s averaged 19.6 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals.
In wake of the recent attacks, activists within the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities are calling on others to help combat xenophobia and anti-Asian racism.