Floyd Mayweather Jr on ‘Linsanity’ via Twitter: “Jeremy Lin hype because he’s Asian”

By on Feb 14, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: February 15, 2012 12:00 p.m.

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Undefeated American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacted on the so-called “Linsanity“, claiming that NBA‘s rising superstar Jeremy Lin is now getting media attention only because of his race.

Floyd Mayweather Jr (left) and Jeremy Lin
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Mayweather Jr., 34, whose fight with Miguel Cotto to be held on May 5, 2012, almost a month before he will serve a 90-day jail sentence over a domestic violence case, posted his reaction via Twitter on Monday, February 13, 2012.

Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”

Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) tweeted about 4:10 p.m. ET, with reports noting that he earned some criticisms from various sports sites for allegedly being a racist.

Later, Mayweather tweeted again claiming that his first message is to support African-American athletes, just like him, with Lin being an American-born player but has Chinese parents born in Taiwan.

“Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized. Wow what a country.” Mayweather tweeted about 8 hours later.

“I’m speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up.” Mayweather added.

Apparently, the term “Linsanity” became popular, following the phenomenal performances of Jeremy Lin, who recently led the New York Knicks to five straight wins, along with a 38-point game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lin, 23, stands 6’3″, who was undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft after graduating from Harvard University, finishing a degree in Economics, was said to be now having an average of 26.8 points and eight assists per game.

Jeremy Lin first played for the Golden State Warriors and was transferred to his current team last December; and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week in last week’s pick.

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