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‘Linsanity’ provokes jealous comment from Mayweather

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February 17, 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Tweeted: “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.”

After Mayweather Tweeted that, pretty much everyone who had something to say about it Tweeted Mayweather and called him a racist. ESPN has been talking about it on pretty much every show on the network.

Now, in regards to Mayweather’s Tweet, I think that he is totally uneducated and maybe he wanted to say something like that just to get a rise out of everyone who follows him on Twitter. Maybe he feels like he has to say something outrageous so people remember him while he is in jail starting in June of this year. Who knows? But the fact that he is a “celebrity” and watched by the public, means that he should know he was going to get backlash for that comment.

Alright so first off, Jeremy Lin is balling! He has gotten 109 points in his first four starts in the NBA, 20 points and seven assists a game. No one has done that before in NBA history. Lin has taken the New York Knicks to the next level and is going to put a huge factor on where the In order to carry the team’s regular season success into the playoffs this year, the UW-River Falls men’s hockey team will have to work hard and play well defensively.

The Falcons won the WIAC regular season championship for the 16th time in the program’s history with an overtime win over UW-Stout on Feb. 4, according to UWRF Sports Information. It is their third consecutive conference title and their seventh in the past nine years.

Head Coach Steve Freeman says that this year’s success is due to a variety of factors.

“We move the puck pretty well and we have a few more playmakers than in years past. Some of our players are having some big years and some of our new players have really contributed too. Our vets taking another step and upping their skill level,” said Freeman, the winningest coach in the program’s history.

Unfortunately, the team fell short of winning the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) regular season title by four points to St. Nor- Knicks place for the playoffs.

Lin is an Asian American who is an amazing basketball player. I always root for the underdog and this dude just popped up out of nowhere. Regarding Mayweather’s comment on how all the hype is because he is Asian, no Lin is just a great player. Like I said before, Lin sprung up out of nowhere when the two superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire were out due to health and personal reasons.

Part of the extra hype is probably because he is Asian, but he is not the first Asian player to play in the NBA. Yes, Mayweather has free speech just like everyone else in this country, including myself. However, when you go and post something as ignorant as saying the hype is because of his race, no, that’s not cool and I do not agree with that.

I was a fan of Mayweather, pre-domestic violence conviction against his girlfriend and before his comment against Lin, just because he was a good boxer. However, he is the only one who is bringing himself down with his comments and actions.

Lin is a great basketball player and now a huge asset for the Knicks, Mayweather is obviously jealous of “Linsanity.” One more unintelligent comment out of him, I think we should gather enough signatures to ban him from being a celebrity. So sit down Mayweather and keeps your comments to a minimum, thanks!

Ashley Hall is a senior majoring in journalism. She is a huge Boston sports fan; the Celtics are her favorite.