Jeremy Lin playing through racial bias: Video shows refs biased against Hornets guard

Jeremy Lin playing through racial bias: Video shows refs biased against Hornets guard

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:

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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.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/jlin7

  • 33Sambuang

    The players were not aiming for the ball but Lin’s face. For instance, Lin got an upper cut blow from behind. Unless the referees now take a hard look at players against Lin, someday Lin could get seriously hurt. But what does Hornets coach got to say? None. He’s white.

    • TexasTrips

      That’s a smackable face tho so I understand LOL
      Lin will never get star calls he’s a scrub role playa

      • kauaiblue

        Hey TX redneck, how about reading more thoroughly (or learning how to read at an adequate level – u r an american, no?)? This article is discussing refs simple basketball fouls, let alone flagrant fouls, not being called.

      • batangpasIit

        A white trash from Texas.

  • kauaiblue

    That video does not even scratch the surface of the biased treatment lin gets from refs… not to mention the double standard and obvious disparate treatment from coaches (mchale, woodson, scott, AND clifford) and teammates (jr smith, Anthony, harden) and other players (i. Thomas, bryant, and hosts of others)… it is difficult NOT to conclude that race is a huge factor at play… and the nba does nothing at best and at worst encourages it…

    • batangpasIit

      I wonder why they did not do the same to Chinese born from China Yao Ming.

      • kauaiblue

        No youtube back then.

      • Tuan Nguyen

        Yao Ming is huge tall; so which player hit him in the face.

        • MangDoIphy

          Well, they could hit Yao Ming in the groin.

  • Ray B

    Jeremy Lin has been the victim of cultural bias from NBA executives, coaches, players and fans alike. If he were African American he would not get the criticism he receives. In fact, he would be lauded and celebrated. But because he is an outlier, he gets an overt amount of unfair scrutiny when he doesn’t live up to the media driven hype. LeBron James can have a bad game or two, or an off night – no one says a word. If Lin has a bad game, then he’s a scrub. Really? Our society and culture delights in destroying . Linsanity wasn’t an anomaly; it was a window into the possible greatness of what Jeremy Lin can do when given the opportunity. Unfortunately no one is willing to give him a chance to fail or shine. Now that he’s relegated to coming off the bench, the media, NBA executives and some fans are happy. However, you cannot keep a great player and man down forever.

    • ns

      I have to agree with you. Look at what he managed to do when no one else on the team could stand up against the Spurs. He just needs to be trusted more and trained more.

    • batangpasIit

      That’s the reason why Asians even if they’re very good in basketball find it hard to get into NBA. Interesting to watch is one young Filipino player who shall be playing for UCLA.
      His name is Kobe Paras. He’s very good and at one time dunked in front of LeBron in an exhibition game in Manila. Let’s see if he gets accepted at NBA after college.

  • Tatsujiro Kurogane

    This another fine example of Black on Asian racism that needs to be addressed. As a friend of the Negro, raised by friends of the Negro, we need to get the word out to him that his degenerate social dissolution is not the fault of the Asian, and that he needs to address the problem as a first worlder, not as a booga looga mushmouthed tribesman on a headhunt. One way to start would be for more Negroes to start giving their baby Negroes proper names again. Look at all the big stars in the bouncy net ball leagues: Lebrown??? Kobe??? (that’s a cut of beef, not a name), and even that guy whose names are backwards, Carmelo Anthony. That would pass as a real name if he just reversed it. I understand their motivations, but the fault lies with Cassius Clay and Lew Alcindor. Born with cool names, decided to go full Allah Loompa goofy. What we need is more love from the Negroes to balance all of our efforts to pretend we care about all the recent Shatiqua/Quatanqua #BLM hysteria.

  • Young

    I actually sent email to NBA and got a response from the NBA Fan Relations. What a joke, this guy said he actually saw the video and thought that it was common foul. He is not only blind but ignorant as well. Here is his response:

    Dear Young,

    Thank you for contacting us. We take seriously matters related to officiating and appreciate you taking the time to reach out.

    Contact that is deemed flagrant by referees and other hard contact (whether called or not) is reviewed by Basketball Operations after each game. During its review, Basketball Operations uses a set of criteria (which you can find here), multiple video angles and enhancements, and its comparable database to calibrate its judgment. When deemed appropriate, a postgame Flagrant Foul can be assessed (including for contact that was not called in the game), and applicable points, warnings, fines and/or suspensions are issued.

    While some of the plays in the video you referenced involved hard contact, none was subsequently deemed a Flagrant Foul given the full circumstances, angles and comparables from past games. Referees do make mistakes, which means they miss calls that should have been made. When that occurs, we collect the data and provide referees with feedback to ensure improvement.

    Thank you again for contacting us and for being a fan of Jeremy Lin and the NBA.


    Aaron Stewart

    NBA Fan Relations

    • FakeGuest

      I got exact same responds, word for word, when I emailed them.