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Spike Lee to Floyd Mayweather: ‘I hope you watched Jeremy … RECOGNIZE’

Feb 15, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

Director Spike Lee talks on the phone during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. Reuters

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!

Earlier:

@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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  1. kyleortonsarm - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Nobody cares what Spike Lee thinks or says about anything. At all. He’s about a relevant to the modern world as disco. He had his time and that time is long over. It’s now time for him to go the way of Whitney Houston and just leave forever. I must admit that I am possibly responsible for what happened to her. I prayed to God to end Whitney forever but I was actually talking about the television show. I guess he mistook my meaning.

    • yournuts - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Who really cares what you think about Spike Lee? He has more talent and is much more relevent than you are. That is a fact. His passion to care about his hometown teams is awesome. Keep it up spike!

      • kyusim - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        He’s from Atlanta. No pun intended.

      • sasquash20 - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Spike Lee has talent? Have you watched any movies he made? Root for who you want but I fail to see any of Spikes talent. Has he even made a movie in this century?

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    The coverage surrounding Jeremy Lin is ridiculous. A handful of good games does not deserve this attention. I think Mayweather has an extremely valid point….if this were an African American kid would the media be cramming this down the public’s throat?

    • jerseyshoregiant - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      If this was a black kid who graduated Harvard, went undrafted, spent time in the D league and did something NO other basketball player in history has done. YES he would be getting the very significanct attention if he was on the Knicks. If you don’t know what he has done that no other player has done, go look it up!!!

    • lunasceiling - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Any player that comes off the far end of the bench and performs at this level in his first series of starts is going to get this sort of attention…regardless of whether he’s black, white, brown, yellow, or plaid. Tonight he got only ten points…but dished out 13 assists. That’s the kind of stat line any coach loves to see in his point guard. Lin’s EARNING all this attention.

  3. jimsjam33 - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Jeremy Lin obviously has talent and he’s playing in the NBA . ANYBODY that can play in the NBA is one of the world’s best athlete’s . Lin is exciting and making headlines right now . More power to him . It’s a great story . Mayweather your stature as a man has taken a dive by your myopic view of Lin . Spike Lee has proven he is a basketball fan regardless of skin color , as long as the color of the blood Lin bleeds , is New York orange and blue .
    C’mon everybody why do we need to ruin a feel good story by bringing up racial hatred and prejudiced . God made man and gave him dominion over the animals ,creatures under the ground , the fish in the sea , and the birds that fly . Man was made equal in God’s eye’s and no man is better than the next because of color . ” The fear of the Lord is to hate evil . “

  4. moraybugman - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    To Floyd Mayweather : The fact you run Lin down is obvious jealousy that an Asian took a black mans job from him. And as far as him getting overdue press, its New York, a media capital. Which brings me to the fact, that being, that if it wasnt for boxing Mayweather, you would be another tax burden on the country. Just like Lebron James, if it wasnt for the NBA, he would be putting stuff on the high shelves at K-Mart. The fact is Lin, Lebron and you have found your niche, shut up and run with it.

  5. baddorange - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Whats a spike lee. Up yours, scum bag

  6. AlohaMrHand - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Im going to wear a Reggie Miller jersey the next time I see Spike