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Jeremy Lin turns down New York high school students plea to speak at graduation

Apr 1, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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Although Linsanity has died down since the madness began only a few weeks ago, that hasn’t prevented people from trying to court New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin to attend a specific event or asking him out on a date.

Recently, students at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan (whose student body is predominately Asian-American) created a YouTube video pleading for Mr. Lin to come speak at their high school graduation. The video starred senior class president Eric Han and a host of other students attempting to sway Jeremy to come speak at their June 25th ceremony:

After the video was posted, Lin caught wind of it and responded on Twitter by saying that he was honored to have been invited to the graduation but due to his crazy schedule, he couldn’t make it:

“Stuyvesant High! Awesome video…so honored to have been invited…I cant make it BUT im making a response video and will visit if possible!”

Lin’s response was prior to his decision to have knee surgery, so we will wait and see if Jeremy changes his mind.


Jeremy Lin won’t attend high school graduation [New York Daily News]

  1. eugenesaxe - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    He should make sure to clear room to do this. Speaker at a grad ceremony isn’t silly piffle like a prom.

    • paperlions - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Actually, yes, it is. Most people would prefer to not have a speech from anyone…no one there (students or parents) are interested in the thinks anyone has to say…they just want to walk across the stage/see their kid walk across the stage.

      • eugenesaxe - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Maybe, but someone’s going to speak regardless. Might as well be someone the kids know and may halfway listen to, as opposed to Joe Blow who runs the Kwik-E-Mart.

      • yournuts - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        Paperlions you must have gone to a High School where academics didn’t count and the students thought they were smarter than the teachers? It is evident that your high school years were wasted and were a bad experience for you. You seem to knows what’s more important to high school seniors than the actual seniors themselves.

        Let’s examine the facts. #1. The student body voted to invite Jeremy Lin. Jeremy is an inspiration to many students and breaks many old asian sterotypes. #2. When students go out of their way to invite someone it is because they are motivated to hear the message. It is apparent that Jeremy Lin is smarter than most typical basketball players and represents himself very well on and off the court. #3. Parents want someone who has a positive message for their children that their children will actually listen to. Jeremy Lin fill this profile and is a positive role model.

        What is sad here is that 4 other people actually agree with him.