Fired ESPN Editor Says Racial Slur Not Intended

The headline was used Friday on ESPN's mobile website after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to New Orleans.

Monday, Feb 20, 2012  |  Updated 11:27 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Pro Athletes' Wives & Girlfriends

Getty Images

Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2012 in New York City.

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

The ESPN editor who was fired for writing an offensive headline in reference to Knicks standout Jeremy Lin says it did not occur to him he was using a racial slur. 

The Daily News reported Monday that Anthony Federico apologized and said he was devastated when he realized his mistake. 

The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese. 

ESPN announced Sunday that Federico was fired and he said he understands why. 

Max Bretos, an ESPNEWS anchor who was suspended for 30 days for using the same phrase, tweeted that he did not intend to show disrespect to Asians.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out