NBA denies alleged racial bias of Hornets’ PG Jeremy Lin

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA responded to an article by The New York Times related to the alleged officiating bias against Jeremy Lin. The article was about a fan-made video which highlighted the Charlotte Hornets’ point guard getting slapped, bumped and clotheslined during games without being awarded a flagrant foul.

A six-and-a-half-minute video was released on April 5 titled “Jeremy Lin: Too Flagrant Not to Call” which included a letter to Adam Sliver, NBA commissioner citing the officials of the league having a bias towards Jeremy Lin. The video went viral since New York Times posted an article on the clip and has since been viewed 1.3 million times.

The NBA responded to the article on Friday stating that it found “no data” which suggested any disadvantage on Jeremy Lin by the officiating staff. The response also stated heavily on the league’s specific set of criteria’s on fouls.

“While some of the plays in the video involved hard contact, none was subsequently deemed a Flagrant Foul given the full circumstances, angles and comparable from past games.” NBA released on its official website.

Jeremy Lin was ranked 21st in drives to the basket with 1,537 compared to all the players. He is seventh highest in drawn fouls amongst 23 players with more than 1,500 drives.

“Furthermore, given the infrequency of flagrant fouls (roughly 1 per every 500 foul calls), it is not statistically significant that none of Mr. Lin’s 814 fouls drawn were deemed flagrant.” The website mentioned.

Jeremy Lin and the Hornets are seeded at No. 6 in the NBA playoffs and will face the No. 3 seed Miami heat on Sunday to begin their first round series in the Eastern Conference.

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