The NBA’s G-League has launched an investigation after Jeremy Lynn said he was dubbed the “coronavirus” on the court.
Lynn, who plays for the Golden League Warriors branch of the G League, Santa Cruz Warriors, said in a heartfelt post on social media that he experienced an act of racism during the game, without saying when or where it happened.
A spokesman for the league confirmed to the New York Times that an investigation has been launched.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he would support Lynn and condemned any discriminatory act that made Lynn talk about racism targeting Asian Americans.
The first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA, Lynn and his Warriors play in the neutral spot for the G League bubbles in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“Being an Asian American does not mean that we do not experience poverty and racism. “Being a 9-year NBA veteran doesn̵
Kerr wasn’t sure what to do until he gathered more information, but vowed to support Lynn. Lynn, 32, played 29 games for the Warriors as a rookie in 2010-11, then went to the New York Knicks and gained the popularity that earned him the nickname “Linsanity”. A Taiwanese American, Lynn was born in the town of Torrance in southern California, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Really powerful. I applaud Jeremy for his words and reiterate his attitude towards racism against the Asian-American community, “Kerr said before Golden State hosted Charlotte at the Chase Center. “It’s so ridiculous and obviously caused by many people, including our former president, because it’s about the coronavirus originating in China. This is just shocking. I can’t wrap my head around any of them, but I can’t wrap my head around racism in general.
“We are all just flesh and blood. We are all just people. As (Greg) Pop (Popovich) once told me: “We are all birth accidents. They were born. We come out the way we are. We do not have the word in it. What we have a word for is how we treat people. It is shocking to me that we can treat each other so badly based on skin color or whatever it is. So I applaud Jeremy for speaking. “
Lynn, who pledged up to $ 1 million last year for efforts to alleviate the coronavirus, said there was a change in the generation of Asian Americans in a post on his Facebook page:
“Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We are tired of being told that we do not experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads open and not to cause problems. We are tired of Asian Asian children growing up and asking us where they REALLY come from, making fun of our eyes, objectifying us as exotic, or telling us that we are unattractive in nature. We are fed up with the stereotypes in Hollywood that affect our psyche and limit who we think we can be. We are tired of being invisible, of being confused with a colleague, or of being told that our struggles are not so real.
“I want better for my elders who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to create a life for themselves here. I want better for my niece and nephew and future children. I want better for the next generation of Asian American athletes than having to work so hard to be just “deceptively athletic.”
Lynn followed that post with another on Saturday, saying he had no plans to go public with the player using the term.
“I know this will disappoint some of you, but I don’t name or disgrace anyone,” Lynn tweeted. “What good is it in this situation if someone is overthrown?” This does not make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism. “
In addition to his time with the Warriors and Knicks, Lynn has also played for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks and in 2019 was the first Asian American to win an NBA championship by doing so. Raptors.