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Jeremy Lin goes to lunch with ESPN editor who was fired over headline

Jeremy Lin goes to lunch with ESPN editor who was fired over headline

An interesting continuation of a past story: Cindy Boren of The Washington Post reports that New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin asked Anthony Federico to lunch. Federico was fired for a story on Lin that used an ethnic slur for its headline:

“The fact that he reached out to me,” Federico said. “The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule . . . He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.”

Lin’s reaction at the time was low-key; he said there was no intent to offend. In addition to firing Federico, ESPN suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days for using the same expression. The matter wasn’t much of a topic at lunch


“We talked more about matters of faith [and] reconciliation,” Federico said. “We talked about our shared Christian values and what we’re both trying do with this situation .. . We didn’t talk about the headline for more than three minutes.”

I can’t help to think that in talking about “faith and reconciliation”, they were in reality talking about the incident even more than Federico realized…


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Nicole Porter

I’m glad Federico repented.

Erik Campano

Matthew 5:23 in action.

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