Feb 15, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT
As you know, Floyd Mayweather has been taking some heat for a series of tweets in which he downplayed Jeremy Lin’s rise to prominence with the Knicks. But after Lin’s latest heroics — his late 3-pointer beat the Raptors on Tuesday — Spike Lee took the opportunity to upbraid Mayweather on Twitter.
@SpikeLee Floyd Mayweather I Hope You Watched Jeremy Hit The Gamewinning 3 Pointer With .005 Seconds Left.Our Guy Can BALL PLAIN AND SIMPLE.RECOGNIZE
Lee then retweeted this:
RT@FAKEESPN “Jeremy Lin only gets credit for that game winning 3 cause he’s an Asian” -Floyd Mayweather” FUNNY!
@SpikeLee Floyd Mayweather Sounds Like Rush Limbaugh When He Talks About Jeremy Lin Saying He’s Only Getting Attention Because He’s Asian.WAKE UP YO.
Lee himself took some criticism over the weekend when sent a series of tweets suggesting stereotypical Asian nicknames for Lin: Grasshopper; Kung Fu Hustle; Crouching Tiger; Hidden Dragon. He quickly denied any ill intent, and has been on a pro-Lin crusade ever since.
In fact, Lee has agreed to wear Lin’s Palo Alto High School jersey on Friday in the Knicks’ game against the Mavericks.
“Tell that coach, bring the jersey Friday night because then I’ll wear it,” Lee told Michael Kay Monday after calling into his ESPN radio show. “I will wear Jeremy Lin’s high school jersey Friday night.”
Peter Diepenbrock, Lin’s coach at Palo Alto, had earlier said on the show he was “trying to get Jeremy’s high school jersey on Spike Lee this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao checked in via Twitter:
@MannyPacquiao God Bless Jeremy Lin.
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