Race is always a touchy subject, but Jeremy Lin is being very vocal and thinks his race is a reason for people criticizing him. Check out what he had to say & let us know how you feel about it!
In a revealing interview with Yahoo! Sports, Lin felt race was involved when asked about the criticism, saying he felt like he had to justify his contract (three-year, $25 million) and his heritage.
“I was a little surprised, but I wasn’t shocked. I honestly feel it’s part of the underlying issue of race in American society … of being an Asian-American. …I haven’t figured it out. I haven’t wrapped my head around it. But it’s something I’m thinking about.”
Lin said he was used to being a “target,” though because of his race.
“I’ve always been a target,” Lin says. “Everyone looks me and says, ‘I’m not going to let that Asian kid embarrass me. I’m going to go at him.’ That’s how it’s been my whole life. This has been different, though. Now, I was on the scouting report. People started to pay attention to what I could and couldn’t do.
“But a target? I was used to that. I’m not saying I get everyone’s best shot, but I would say people don’t want to be embarrassed by me because of my skin color.”
WRITTEN BY Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports & FULL STORY HERE