Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says The Hype Surrounding New York Knicks Guard Jeremy Lin Is Race Related. Is He Right? [Video/Poll]


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Let the debate begin.


New York City is enjoying basketball again since guard Jeremy Lin joined the team. Fans are experiencing "Linsanity" watching the guard light up teams nightly. He's averaged 26.8 points and eight assists in the last five games - all Knicks wins, but is he being overhyped?


One athlete who believes the media is giving Lin too much credit is boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. He took to Twitter to speak about what he considers to be a double standard in the press.


"Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian," Mayweather wrote. "Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."

Some took offense to Mayweather's tweet and criticized the boxing great. He later attempted to clarify what he meant.

"Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized." he said. "Wow what a country. I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up. Its OK for ESPN to give their opinion but I say something and everyone questions Floyd Mayweather."

ESPN's First Take debated the issue and seemed to be sort of split in their opinions.

One Western Conference executive, speaking on condition of anonymity told the Los Angeles Times that Lin is going to have a hard time continuing to put up those numbers because most of his big games have occurred without the Knicks two superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

“It’s going to be at the forefront of his mind that he has to get the All-Stars involved,” the executive said. “I think he’s a skilled player and a talented player, but I’d be extremely surprised if he could keep up his current pace statistically once you add those guys back into the mix.”

What's your opinion? Is Lin all hype, the real deal or somewhere in between?



ESPN debates Floyd Mayweather's comments regarding Jeremy Lin




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Comment by Rockstaar on February 15, 2012 at 9:01am
I understand what Floyd is trying to say, but it has no purpose here, the fact that he's Asian and and an unknown from Harvard and is carrying the Knicks without its two main stars is a story like it or not
Black players have received the same treatment when it was warranted and they dominate the headlines since most of the NBA is black anyway, so it comes across silly and hating from Floyd
Comment by Red The Fly Guy on February 15, 2012 at 8:15am
CORRECT! I knew i liked the homie Floyd for some reason!
Comment by Bad Habits on February 15, 2012 at 7:37am
U guys r jokes on here if it was a black or white dude scoring that many points they would get hyped up also and this dope below say iverson got s****** on ur an idiot they praised AI at his peek cut it out
Comment by DJ Slowpoke on February 15, 2012 at 6:10am
The majority of the hype is because he is asian, your bring in that asian market, hes a lighter skin tone and white folks just love making lighter skinned white/asian folks heroes all the time. Allen Iverson was shorter then Jeremy put up more points then Jeremy was the top leading scorer for the longest and they sh*tted on ALLEN IVERSON so it is race related, GET THE F*** OUT OF MY FACE WITH THIS B*******!!!
Comment by RED G on February 15, 2012 at 5:16am
It's going to come the end when they play the Tge Heat next thursday
Comment by RED G on February 15, 2012 at 5:13am
Over Hyped x 100
Comment by Coogie'YO,CheckSubliminalThugizm on February 15, 2012 at 4:02am
America Loves The Hype
Comment by Coogie'YO,CheckSubliminalThugizm on February 15, 2012 at 3:56am
Mayweather is just sayin...no racist comment at all. Lin is food on the plate of sports media and they make Lin look like the miraculous asian that came outta nowhere to change the game...all them Ninja's on the team should be aible to make a good seasons run cause you practise among the best
Comment by That Green Dinosaur on February 15, 2012 at 1:32am
Regardless the fact of the matter is he played the underdog role, and did amazing so far.. saying its b/c of his race coming from another minority(floyd) thats pretty stupid lol.
Comment by That Green Dinosaur on February 15, 2012 at 1:31am
109 points in 4starts, 20points, 7assists a game. Micheal smith said it best in this video.. its like if a black comedian comes at another race its ok.. but if any other colored or white person makes fun of black ppl its "racist" lol..

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