Even Jeremy Lin says that some security personnel still do not recognize him as an NBA player and he has been stopped in some NBA stadiums for his identification. Apparently, the same perceived racial bias is still existent inside the court this season with regards to referee’s calls and how the officials calls fouls on the Asian-American guard.
A video, showing a collection of fouls on Jeremy Lin was posted by a YouTube user, suggests that Jeremy Lin, in his sixth year in the league, is still getting the short end of the stick from the referees on some calls or non-calls:
In the video, Lin is seen getting hit in the face or head many times but referees only call regular fouls and not a flagrant foul, which could be the right call. There is even one instance where Lin was hit in the face, which got his nose bleeding and no foul was called.
With the lack of calls and after the video of fouls on Jeremy Lin was revealed, most fans lauded Lin’s toughness and desire to play through even without the calls going in his favor. Others pointed out that it’s not only the referees that has bias against Lin but also his opponents and even some of his teammates.
Jeremy Lin, who averages 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his first year with the Hornets, is one of the primary bench players in Charlotte. Jeremy Lin is pegged to be one of the key guys if the Hornets want a deep postseason run in the upcoming 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The good news is that it looks like the league will look at the fouls on Jeremy Lin this season:
It remains to be seen if Jeremy Lin will once again be battered in the more physical playoffs. Lin’s fans are hoping some of the calls go his way and the referees call the games correctly even against an Asian-American guard.
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