Feb 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT
Anthony Federico is the editor who was fired by ESPN for writing a racially insensitive headline in reference to Jeremy Lin last week. You recall of course the “a chink in the armor” headline that went out on ESPN mobile following New York’s loss to the Hornets. It caused quite the kerfuffle. After an initial apology in the New York Daily News, Federico expanded his “guilty, with an explanation” remarks on Twitter on Wednesday. Excerpts:
I wrote the headline in reference to the tone of the column and not to Jeremy Lin’s race. It was a lapse in judgment and not a racist pun. It was an awful editorial omission and it cost me my job.
I owe an apology to Jeremy Lin and all people offended. I am truly sorry.
Actions speak louder than words. My words may have hurt people in that moment but my actions have always helped people. If those who vilify me would take a deeper look at my life they would see that I am the exact opposite of how some are portraying me.
They would see that on the day of the incident I got a call from a friend – who happens to be homeless – and rushed to his aid. He was collapsed on the side of the road due to exposure and hunger. They would see how I picked him up and got him a hotel room and fed him. They would see I used my vacation time last year to volunteer in the orphanages of Haiti. They would see how I ‘adopted’ an elderly Alzheimer’s patient and visited him every week for a year. They would see that every winter I organize a coat drive for those less fortunate in New Haven. They would see how I raised $10,000 for a friend in need when his kids were born four months premature. They would see how I have worked in soup kitchens and convalescent homes since I was a kid. They would see my actions speak louder than my words. They would see that these acts were not done for my glory, but for God’s. They would see that each day I live and will continue to live a life of joy and service.
It is also crucial that people know that the writer of the column had nothing to do with the headline. I wrote it and now I take responsibility for it.
I am actually a Knicks fan and an ardent supporter of Jeremy Lin. Not surprisingly, he has handled the entire situation with grace and class.
Now I have to find a new job and move on with my life.
Lin himself spoke to the issue and said he didn’t think the headline was intentional. And Federico certainly seems sincere. Hopefully things will work out for him.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
What you missed while typing on your pants …
- Wile E. Coyote falls for own prank yet again.
- And now, Gabe York of Orange Lutheran High with the HS alley oop dunk of the year so far.
- Air Bud … not to be outdone, Chase Budinger dunks over Yao Ming cut-out.
- Knicks senior vice president of basketball operations Glen Grunwald, on getting Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony criticism, and everything.
Meanwhile, at the Staples Center …
At least one Beckham has his priorities right.
TODAY IN MARK TRAIL …
There is a giant possum alert for the greater Lost Forest area.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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