Jeremy Lin is in the center of controversy after a viral video made by a fan has reached the NBA office. In the said video, it showed that some fouls are already “flagrant” in nature but that the NBA referees have been calling them as a common foul in Lin’s games for in his first year with the Charlotte Hornets.
The Asian-American guard admitted that he watched the video after friends shared it to him and after fans made the “Jeremy Lin: Too Flagrant Not to Call” made it viral on YouTube.
“It is what it is. I just want to keep playing hard. It’s one of those things where I made a rule of myself halfway through the season that I’m not going to argue with refs. Whatever happens, happens. It helps me stay focused on basketball,” Jeremy Lin said to The Charlotte Observer.
Lin’s toughness and not going after the refs have been lauded by NBA fans even after hard fouls like in the video below:
(Video Courtesy: YouTube/ JAD 7534)
In the viral video, which has now over 800,000 views on YouTube as of Tuesday, Lin is seen getting hit in the face or head or above the shoulder multiple times but officials only called regular fouls and not a flagrant fouls.
“Referees do make mistakes, which means they miss calls that should have been made.” Michael Bass, the NBA’s executive director of communications, said in an official statement from the league. “When that occurs, we collect the data and provide referees with feedback to ensure improvement.”
Jeremy Lin averages 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists this year and one of the key reserves for the Hornets team which will play in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. It remains to be seen if Jeremy Lin will get the same type of calls during this year’s postseason.
Photo courtesy: Instagram/jlin7