Former NBA player Jeremy Lin who was the first Asian-American Champion in the NBA history has made into the headlines after the US President Donald Trump used a term in his tweet with a racist meaning.
Apparently, Donald Trump posted a tweet on Twitter, calling the global outbreak of coronavirus as ‘Chinese Virus’. So the 31-year-old Taiwanese-American, who signed for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association last year, took issue with the 45th president’s tweets for “those that will be affected by the racism that you’re empowering”.
President Trump tweeted on the emergence of aiding the American Airline Industry during the rough time the Industry was going through during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” he wrote.
Lin has been on hiatus since the CBA suspended action prior to the Lunar New Year in January, quoted that tweet with his response.
“I wish you would powerfully support the vulnerable people that will suffer due to our mismanagement of this virus, including those that will be affected by the racism you’re empowering,” as he replied to the American President.
Can you honestly tell me there is ZERO anti-Chinese sentiment in all his characterizations of the virus? Can you honestly tell me Asians aren't being unfairly physically attacked today in the US? Is it that hard to use coronavirus or COVID-19? We playin the blame game in a crisis https://t.co/OsGo5wvW1k
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 17, 2020
The NBA veteran who had an NBA career spanning for almost 10 years, has played for New York Knicks had to deal with a number of defenses of either the president or the term in his career.
Lin was also dismissive of a twitter user saying “Every major media outlet called it Wuhan virus before Trump”.
as he replied back by saying, “Can you honestly tell me there is ZERO anti-Chinese sentiments in all his characterizations of the virus? Can you honestly tell me Asians aren’t being unfairly physically attacked today in the US?”
The American President paid no heed to the Harvard educated basketball star’s plea to stop using a term that he first used last year and he has since used it again, including twice today. Lin who is currently in the US has been instructed to return back to Beijing and join his CBA league mates as the CBA season may resume the play as soon as next month.