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Monday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN fires employee for questionable Jeremy Lin headline

02.20.12 at 7:57 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT: WEEI)
NBA: Hawks at Bulls, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UConn at Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: DePaul at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Capitals at Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Following a racially insensitive Jeremy Lin headline that briefly appeared on ESPN’s mobile website early Saturday morning, the media giant announced Sunday that it had fired the individual responsible. The network also suspended ESPNews anchor Max Bretos 30 days for using the phrase on air.

Following an off game by Lin, the site used the headline: “Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets.”

Bretos apologized on Twitter, writing: My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community.

The phrase also apparently was used by Knicks play-by-play commentator Spero Dedes. A Madison Square Garden spokesman said the company was “evaluating” the situation.

Asked about the situation after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 victory over the Mavericks Sunday afternoon, Lin did not appear upset.

“ESPN had apologized,” he said. “I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever. At the same time, they’ve apologized, and so from my end I don’t care anymore. Have to learn to forgive. And I don’t even think that was intentional, or hopefully not.”

Lin, a Harvard graduate who born and raised in the San Francisco area, also had a request for media in Taiwan to stop hounding his relatives there.

“Obviously I love my family, I love my relatives,” Lin said. “One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space. Because they can’t even go to work without being bombarded and people following them. I just want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan. Hopefully this will get back to everybody, because they need to live their lives as well.”

“Saturday Night Live,” meanwhile, took a jab at the media for its reaction to Linsanity and overall racial insensitivity and inconsistency.

Pau Gasol, whom the Lakers attempted to trade before the season, continues to be mentioned in trade rumors, and teammate Kobe Bryant doesn’t like it.

Without being prompted, Bryant said after Sunday night’s loss to the Suns that he wants Gasol to stay, but if the center is going to be traded it should be done quickly.

“It’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and stuff,” Bryant said. “It’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would either come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Added Bryant: “Listen, he’s been the consummate professional. He’s going out and he’s trying to do what he can. But let’s be real. If you didn’t know you were going to be here tomorrow, if your head’s on the chopping block and you feel like you’re just waiting, it’s tough to put all yourself in the game.”

♦ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, embroiled in a messy affair that led to the arrest of a woman for allegedly harassing and threatening him, acknowledged that it’s been a “difficult” few weeks but insisted that his job would not be affected.

“I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman said Sunday as Yankees spring training opened in Tampa. “I will continue to do my job to the best of my abilities.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 20, 1997, which Bruin extended his point-scoring streak to 20 games with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m upset with myself for the lapses in judgment. There’s also some ill feelings toward some people.” – Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, on the controversy about last season’s locker room behavior

STAT OF THE DAY: 46-15 – The free throw advantage for the Pistons over the Celtics in Sunday night’s 96-81 C’s loss

‘NET RESULTS: A Knicks fan hits a halfcourt shot Sunday to win a car.

Arizona-bound Gabe York of Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif., shows off his leaping skills.

NC State legends Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani (who both briefly played for the Celtics) are ejected by a referee from the alma mater’s game vs. Florida State on Saturday.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Adam Oates, who was stripped of his assistant captaincy before the game for criticizing team management

SOOTHING SOUNDS: J. Geils, guitarist for his eponymous band, turns 66 Monday.

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