Chiang Ying-ying / Associated Press
The NBA is launching an investigation after guard Jeremy Lynn said he was called a “coronavirus”
On Thursday, Lynn discussed via a Facebook post the racism he and other Asian Americans have experienced:
“As a 9-year-old NBA veteran, it doesn’t stop me from being called a coronavirus on the court.” Jeremy Lynn described in detail the racism he and other Asian Americans experienced. #StopAsianHate (via @ jlin7) https://t.co/cBmHkOCSsn
Lynn, who played in the NBA for nine seasons, is his first year in the Golden League affiliate of Golden State.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr backed the investigation before his team’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
“I support his anti-racism sentiment against the Asian-American community,” Kerr added. Kendra Andrews on the NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s just ridiculous.”
Lynn has discussed his experience of racism in court in the past, telling stories former NBA teammate Randy Foyer in 2017 on External shot that fans and opponents shouted racist remarks when he played for Harvard from 2006 to 2010.
There was a jump racist actions against Asians and Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Viet Thanh Nguyen outlining just a few:
Viet Than Nguyen @viet_t_nguyen
Jeremy Lynn is called a “coronavirus” on the court. Recently, a man stabbed himself in the back. This family in Orange County, California, is being bullied by about 20 teenagers. People say “Chinese virus” and “kung flu.” Anti-Asian violence and racism is all over the country. https://t.co/Oekf5Scphx
CBS News reported that hate crimes against Asians increased by 867 percent from 2019 to 2020 in New York.